Performance Packaging of Nevada Offers Sterilization Method

LAS VEGAS, NV | Performance Packaging of Nevada, a supplier of flexible and folding carton packaging, including coffee bags, rollstock, spouted and zippered pouches, and pre-made retortable pouches, says it has developed a new and economical way to sterilize flexible packaging and its contents. The patented process features a ‘liquid-to-gas’ sterilization process that has been code-named “Pixie Dust” by the company.

Reported advantages of the Pixie Dust process include the following:

• A low-cost process that features GRAS (“Generally Recognized as Safe”) materials

• Results of process residuals that are below the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) “Threshold of Regulation”

• Sterilization can occur during storage or shipping and is achieved in less than 48 hrs at room temperature

• Use of the pixie dust procedure is smell- and taste-neutral

Some products, such as dental tools, medical devices, or enclosed plastic, glass, or metal objects, can be sterilized within the package, and the method makes aseptic cold-fill processes possible. Company says there is no need to irradiate the package and the package does not need to be hot-filled or require the post-pasteurization of pouches, since the pouch is already sterile. Industry applications for Pixie Dust can include flexible packaging such as stand-up pouches, bag-in-box, any sealed package, military applications, dental tools, and medical devices.

Reportedly, the product is a cost-saving alternative to traditional shelf-stable methods such as hot-filling, retort processing, peroxide or peracetic baths or sprays, irradiation, pulsed light, or electron-beam irradiation.

“We are currently seeking worldwide partners in the pharmaceutical and food industries to implement this technology that crosses many platforms, including device sterilization as well as the foodstuff shelf life extension,” says Rob Reinders, president of Performance Packaging of Nevada.

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