Thursday, August 30, 2007

Spinich Recall Should Reinforce Kitchen Safety

Today’s recall of spinach contaminated with Salmonella and last week’s recall of baby carrots contaminated with Shigella have highlighted the urgent need for families to exercise control over the safety of their food from their own kitchens – the rationale behind the development of CulinaryPrep™, a kitchen appliance launched last week, that removes Salmonella, E.Coli, Listeria, Shigella and other dangerous impurities from food.

CulinaryPrep™, is the only appliance available today that applies a patented process to remove dangerous impurities from food, giving families direct control over the safety of the food they eat. CulinaryPrep™ uses the patented Grovac™ Process to remove unwanted bacteria and food borne pathogens from meat, fish, and produce. Removal of impurities also enhances the natural flavor of the food and extends its shelf life.

The Grovac™ process has been tested independently at Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, Whitbeck and Warren Analytical Laboratories. The results confirm that the process and technology reduce the level of pathogenic and spoilage bacteria found on meat and produce by up to 99.5% – making it safer to eat and extending its shelf-life.

Initial testing of the Grovac™ Process took place in the early ‘90s, at Warren Laboratories (ConAgra) in Greeley, CO and proved a significant bacterial reduction. This testing was followed by studies carried out by microbiologists in the Louisiana State University (LSU) Food Science Department. These studies identified significant reduction of E. coli, Shigella, Listeria, Aeromonas and Vibrio in catfish and oysters. Dr. Wanda Lyons, PhD, reported the catfish findings in the Journal of Food Protection, Vol. 63, No. 9, pp 1231-1239. The test results are available for public viewing.

Further studies have concentrated on the process’ effect on microbial activity in ground beef, including a study undertaken by Costco Wholesale QA staff, conducted at the Kansas State University Food Science Department and the QA Labs at Costco.

The Grovac™ Process involves alternately exposing food to a vacuum environment and a specially-formulated, all-natural solution. It was developed by retired pharmacist Bill Groves, and was initially intended to remove the ‘muddy’ taste from catfish.

Jeff Schroeder, Chief Executive at CCMS, said, “These recalls hammer home the need for families to have the ability to control the safety of their food. The CulinaryPrep is a food safety appliance that can give them this control in their own home. We hope that as people begin to use our product we will see dramatic reductions in the number of illnesses caused by food-borne bacteria.”

Jim Hime, CEO of Grovac Systems, which owns the patent for the Grovac Process, commented, “We strongly believe in giving Americans the ability to protect themselves against unforeseen dangers in the food chain. The Grovac process provides this, and this is why we believe CulinaryPrep™ will be extremely popular for the peace of mind it gives. Now parents can be absolutely sure that the food they serve their children is free from dangerous impurities.”

The product is manufactured and distributed by Creative Culinary Solutions, Inc. and marketed by Creative Culinary Marketing Solutions. The product will be available at retailers across the country and is currently available online at

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