Food growers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and retailers are constantly looking for ways to make their facilities as clean as possible. Oxford’s Lightning Technologies is making that easier by signing a long-term agreement with North Carolina-based Microban International to add the latter’s Silvershield antimicrobial treatment to its pallets.
The addition of the technology will inhibit the growth of bacteria on the surfaces of Lightning’s pallets, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria, according to the company.
Incorporated into Lightning’s proprietary coating during the manufacturing process, Silvershield technology is expected to last for the duration of the pallet’s useful life and will not wash off or wear away. While regular cleaning practices should be maintained, the company says, the addition of the antimicrobial technology will keep the pallet surface cleaner longer by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria.
“We have had such strong interest and demand from produce and protein growers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and retailers that we wanted to further enhance the differentiation and cleanliness proposition of our pallets by adding superior antimicrobial product protection,” says Jeffrey Owen, founder and CEO of Lightning Technologies. “The growth of bacteria on coated and untreated wood pallets has been a significant vulnerability for all food-related industries. Lightning Technologies is proud to be the only pallet manufacturer with this superior antimicrobial protection in each of Lightning’s pallets.”
According to Owen, the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) makes the combination of Lightning Technologies’ pallet and the Microban protection especially relevant and disruptive to food-related supply-chain logistics. The FSMA is considered the most sweeping reform of food-safety laws in more than 70 years – shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it. For the first time, the FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, science-based preventive controls across the supply chain.
“We entered into this exclusive partnership because we see a clear vision for Lightning adopting an innovation-centered approach and staying ahead of the pack in a space that will continue to be more regulated in the future,” says Michael Ruby, vice president of global built-in business at Microban.