Choosing the right disinfectant for fruit and vegetable processing

Blog | 23 March 2018

Turning to a vegan diet is seen as one of the major food trends of 2018 as the number of vegans has grown four fold in the past 10 years [Source: The Guardian]  and we are seeing a large number of supermarkets expanding their vegan and vegetarian food ranges.

How does this impact on the hygiene solutions and what products are most suitable? 

Jim Taylour, Head of Products, Research and Development here at Holchem explains: As the number of vegan and vegetarian food products available to consumers in the UK expands there is increased pressure on food retailers and food processors not to wash vegetables, salads and fruits in chlorinated solutions

Peroxyacetic acid based disinfectants are effective against a wide spectrum of micro-organisms, including vegetative and sporing bacteria, moulds, spores, yeasts and viruses.  They are suitable for a wide variety of vegetable, salad, and fruit washing operations and are particularly suited to automated dosing systems.  It is manufactured from hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid to form an equilibrium blend of peroxyacetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid, this eventually breaks down to form water and acetic acid. Acetic acid is biodegradable.


Crystal, a peracetic acid based disinfectant, is low foaming and is suitable for a wide variety of vegetable, salad and fruit washing procedures.  It’s an effective solution to ensuring the highest standards are maintained.

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