GEA Procomac's aseptic rotary filler is designed to safeguard against Bacillus cereus, the most resistant pathogen of concern for peroxyacetic acid-based sterilants.

FDA approves sterilant, filling systems

Aseptic filling technology developer GEA Procomac has received a letter of non-objection from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for aseptic filling systems for low acid shelf-stable products, which use peracetic acid in liquid form to sterilize containers. Full recovery of sterilizing solution and rinsing water is built in the system to reduce consumption of chemicals.

The FDA also issued a letter of non-objection for Ecolab Inc.’s Enviro San and ES-1000 commercial sterilant system for low-acid aseptic packaging on high-speed rotary fillers. The system consists of Enviro San, an EPA-registered peracid-based product, and ES-1000, an adjuvant that allows for effective antimicrobial sterilization with lower temperature and concentrations of peroxyacetic acid. The Enviro San and ES-1000 sterilant system was used to validate a high-speed, low-acid aseptic rotary filler using a surrogate for Bacillus cereus.

Ecolab Inc.

GEA Procomac

PMMI adds 12 new members

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) has added 12 new companies to its membership. The new members were balanced evenly among membership categories: Machinery, Components and Materials/Containers:

Machinery:ATS Engineering, PakTech, Superior Paper Handling Solutions and World Cup Packaging.

Components:Becker Pumps Corp., Festo Corp., Herrmann Ultrasonics Inc. and Ross Controls.

Materials/containers:Ampac Flexibles, Rehrig Pacific Co., Sonico and Wilkinson Industries Inc.

Applications for membership in any category can be accessed at PMMI’s website.