Zero trans oil residue cleaning product introduced

by Erica Shaffer
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ST. PAUL, MINN. — Ecolab Inc. has developed a cleaning product designed to help food manufacturers remove zero trans fat food oil residue from processing equipment and surfaces. The product, Exelerate ZTF, is a gelled application that works by breaking down difficult polymerized oil soils on fryers, ovens, mixers and other plant surfaces. The gel clings to equipment and surfaces to dissolve zero trans fat soils, making it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas, such as fryer hood vents, walls, ceilings and plant catwalks.

“As the use of zero trans fat oils has rapidly increased, removal of cooked-on oil from processing equipment has proven to be a time-consuming and difficult challenge for food processors,” said Timothy P. Mulhere, Ecolab’s senior vice-president and general manager for Food & Beverage North America division.

The company said it is the first product to address the emerging issue of cleaning after the use of zero trans fat oil versus traditional oils used by food manufacturers.

Ecolab said it developed the product to address the unexpected consequence of using zero trans fat oils in food processing. As the oils break down, processing equipment and environmental surfaces may become coated with a sticky, varnish-like coating. The company said the residues are difficult to clean using traditional methods and may pose food safety and worker safety issues. FSM
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