The Difference Between Chlorine Dioxide Gas & Chlorine Dioxide Fogging Services

Microbial contamination can have a major impact on your food facility, at times leading to shutdowns and potential product recalls, potentially costing your business millions of dollars. Finding a decontamination solution to ensure your facility is clean and free of unseen microorganism threats is key for an ongoing food safety operation. While your own sanitation process is essential, a more thorough approach could be required. There are several methods many choose from to ensure their facility is free of potential pathogen contamination, including chlorine dioxide gas sterilization and chlorine dioxide fogging services. While these treatments both have a mission to decontaminate your space, they each have different factors to consider, all beneficial to your facility. We break down their differences below and how IFC can support your food safety program with both.

Chlorine Dioxide Gas Sterilization Service

A gas sterilization treatment eliminates all microbial life forms, including pathogens such as Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella, and is proven to penetrate and destroy stubborn biofilms. This pure gas treatment will penetrate and sterilize an entire treatment area, including those hard-to-reach spots where liquid or fog does not reach. Chlorine dioxide gas treatment is considered a one-and-done approach, eliminating microbial issues at the source by disrupting the pathogen’s metabolic functions, and leaving your facility sanitized. Gas treatments require a sealed treatment area, often calling for the evacuation of the entire plant on the day of treatment. If attempts to eliminate potential pathogens have not seen acceptable results, a gas fumigation process may be required to confirm the threat is eliminated.

Chlorine Dioxide Fogging Services

Through a routine and efficient fogging treatment, chlorine dioxide fogging services help to decrease and prevent microbial challenges your facility could be facing. This treatment focuses on preventing harmful bacteria, molds, and biofilms. Unlike a gas sterilization process, there’s no need to seal the treatment area or evacuate plant personnel. A full treatment takes less than 4 hours to complete, with no post-treatment cleaning necessary, allowing your team to return to operations immediately.

IFC is an expert in the food processing industry, with over 85 years of experience, and can provide your business with either of these two effective treatments. Our team will work with you to determine which treatment option is best for your facility. Request a no-charge assessment now to learn more about how IFC can prevent and eliminate your microbial challenges.

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