WAPATO, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pace International LLC and Axiall Corporation’s Water Treatment Products business were recently granted registration approval by the Chilean government to allow the use of the Axiall Accu-Tab® tablet chlorination system to minimize the risk associated with cross-contamination of food in fruit and vegetable packing facilities.
For the past eight years, Pace and Axiall have been installing the Accu-Tab technology in United States fruit packaging operations. The Accu-Tab system is a proven chlorination method that uses proprietary calcium hypochlorite tablets to deliver a consistent, controllable stream of chlorinated water to fruit and vegetable dip tanks and flume washing stations.
“We understand that food safety is the number-one priority for our customers, which is why we are excited to bring this proven and highly effective technology to the Chilean market,” said Roberto Carpentier, executive vice president of Pace International. “Agriculture is one of the pillars of the Chilean economy and as the country continues to increase its exports of fruits and vegetables, tools such as Accu-Tab help ensure that only safe food is being delivered to the tables of consumers worldwide. The Accu-Tab system immediately becomes an effective tool to bolster Chilean packers' food safety programs.”
Working closely with the market, Axiall Water Treatment Products helped pioneer the development of erosion calcium hypochlorite-based chlorine systems through its Accu-Tab brand.
"For more than 20 years, Accu-Tab systems have served the food processing, irrigation, drinking-water and waste-water markets throughout the world,” said Michael Hoops, General Manager, Axiall Water Treatment Products. “Achieving Chilean registration of Accu-Tab for use in wash water is an important step in supporting growers and processors in this important market. With Pace as our representative, we will rapidly connect those in need of additional fruit and vegetable food safety practices with a well-established, and highly effective, chlorination method.”
The Accu-Tab® water chlorination system
Accu-Tab is a simple and effective water treatment system that kills bacteria and other pathogens present in wash water. Accu-Tab system’s proprietary technology combines uniquely designed chlorinators with slow-release calcium hypochlorite tablets in a complete system that delivers consistent and controllable chlorine. The result is a clean supply of wash water for produce.
Axiall Corporation (NYSE: AXLL) is a leading integrated chemicals and building products company. Headquartered in Atlanta, Axiall has manufacturing facilities located throughout North America and in Asia to provide industry-leading materials and services to customers. For more information, visit www.axiall.com.
About Pace International LLC
Pace International LLC is a subsidiary of Valent BioSciences Corporation, a Sumitomo Chemical Company. Pace collaborates with growers, packers and agricultural organizations to develop innovative solutions that enhance, protect, and preserve fruit and vegetable quality. Pace is the leading provider of postharvest solutions and technologies, equipment and technical services to maximize efficiencies in packing operations and increase the value of crops being processed. Pace International LLC is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, USA with R&D, Manufacturing and Administration in Wapato, WA and Sales and Technical Service Offices around the world. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.paceint.com