FOOD PROCESSING: UV-C Disinfection Solution for Albanian Meat Factories


Client Background:
The clients EHW and FIX, two prominent seasoning factories based in Albania, faced a critical challenge related to the management of mold on their meat products, specifically sausages. The problem persisted within their facilities located in Tirana, Durres, Porche and Paquin, which demanded an effective solution to ensure the quality and safety of their products.

Client's Challenge:
The main challenge for the client was to manage mold formation on their meat products, posing a significant threat to product quality and safety. The client explored various solutions, including Hepa and Mesh filters, to address this issue but found them insufficient.

Solution Provided:
UVL Albania proposed a cutting-edge solution using UV-C disinfection devices. The clients were provided with one such device for free to conduct thorough testing within their facilities. The testing period lasted for 2-3 weeks, during which both meat factories, equipped with their microbiological laboratories, rigorously assessed the effectiveness of the devices.

Implementation Process:
During the implementation phase, UVL Albania seamlessly installed the UV-C devices in the clients's facilities. The successful installation was attributed to the expertise of UVL Albania's technicians and electricians, coupled with the clear and comprehensive instructions provided in the device manuals. The devices were seamlessly integrated into the environments of both meat factories. Have been installed products from UV-FLOW-WL series and UV-REFLEX series.

Results and Benefits:
Upon successful implementation, the UV-C disinfection devices achieved significant results for the client:
Improved Product Safety: The devices effectively eliminated mold, ensuring the production of safer and high-quality meat products, especially sausages.
Employee Safety: By disinfecting the environment, the client ensured a safer workplace for their employees, enhancing overall hygiene standards within the facilities.
Marketing Advantage: The implementation of UV-C disinfection technology added value to the clients' companies. They could now market their products as being prepared in a hygienic and safe environment, thereby enhancing their brand reputation.

The collaboration between Light Progress and UVL Albania resulted in the successful implementation of UV-C disinfection devices in the meat factories. This case study highlights the seamless integration of advanced technology to address a critical challenge, ultimately ensuring product quality, employee safety, and market competitiveness for the client's business.

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Ultraviolet rays are electromagnetic waves which are part of light. Electromagnetic waves are divided into three main wavelength bands, expressed in nanometers, nm: Ultraviolet rays (UV) 100-400 nm Visible rays (light) 400-700 nm Infrared rays (IR) 700-800,000 nm UV rays are in turn identified in three bands:

  • UV-A (315-400 nm) with tanning properties;
  • UV-B (280-315 nm) con proprietà terapeutiche e di sintesi della vitamina "D";
  • UV-C (100-280 nm) with germicidal properties.

UV-C rays (100-280 nm) have a strong germicidal effect and reach their maximum efficacy at the 265 nm wavelength. The germicidal effect of UV-C radiation covers bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi, moulds and mites; this is mainly due to the destructive effect of the UV-C rays on their DNA, which damage their reproductive system and prevent them from replicating.

Bacteria, Viruses, Spores, Fungi, Mould, and Mites are all sensitive to, and can therefore be eliminated with, UV-C light. Mircrobes cannot acquire resistance to UV-C light, unlike that which occurs using chemical disinfectants and antibiotics. UV rays are ecological. Polluting the environment is inevitable using normal disinfectants. Directly inhaling the vapours, or swallowing food products contaminated by any contact with said chemical disinfectants, can also give rise to a number of serious risks. In cases where chemical disinfectants cannot be eliminated (food, pharmaceutical, healthcare industries, etc.), using ultraviolet rays for disinfection allows a reduction in their use, with considerable economic savings and greater care for the environment, while maintaining and almost always improving the level of disinfection. UV-C light devices can be installed in environments and on machinery and be programmed to maintain the same level of disinfection day and night, guaranteeing ideal hygiene conditions, without highs and lows. On the contrary, chemical disinfectants are effective only during their actual use. Using LIGHT PROGRESS equipped luminaires, operating costs are negligible; it could be said that “LIGHT PROGRESS” UV-C systems do not require maintenance except for the normal replacement of the lamps. The cost/benefit ratio is considered excellent; the devices are both powerful and long-lasting. Hence the elimination of germs using UV-C technology is low-cost and highly effective compared to (or in combination with) other systems.

UV-C really does work when applied correctly and with the necessary precautions. The difference between a quality project and an unsuccessful application is in-depth knowledge and experience gained over time. Since 1987, Light Progress has been carrying out successful projects all over the world and has acquired a clientele of major companies in all sectors that require verified hygienic conditions to produce quality products and services.