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September 27, 2006

For Immediate Release September 27, 2006

Irradiation Could Minimize Future E. coli Outbreaks in Produce

SADEX CEO consumes spinach proven to have E. coli, then irradiated, to demonstrate food safety technology

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Today SADEX Corporation chairman and chief executive officer David Corbin demonstrated his confidence in electronic pasteurization (irradiation) technology for ready-to-eat-foods by eating produce proven to have E. coli, then irradiated.

SADEX had spinach inoculated with extremely high amounts of E. coli, irradiated the produce then retested for the presence of the pathogen. This effort was conducted in collaboration with an independent laboratory and under the observance of the nation’s foremost authority on food-borne pathogens.

With food-borne illness killing 5,000 people per year, SADEX Corporation demonstrated why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should approve the application of irradiation for use on ready-to-eat foods. Today, irradiation technology is used in 40 countries. In the United States the only obstacle preventing irradiation of ready-to-eat foods is the FDA.

”Irradiation is a well-known and FDA-approved technology used on animal feed, meat and poultry,” says Corbin. ”This technology can prevent food-borne illness, and we believe it is a great way to protect the nation’s food supply. Had the nation’s supply of spinach been irradiated, the most recent E. coli scare could have been minimized.”

Irradiation technology has been used to reduce microbial growth in foods and its effectiveness has been tested in laboratory settings, with the first patent approved in 1905. The testing this week was conducted under the supervision of Midwest Laboratories, Inc., of Omaha, Neb.

“By using laboratory inoculation of fresh spinach with the E. coli 0157:H7 organism and testing the spinach before and after irradiation technology, laboratory tests carried out at Midwest Laboratories have shown the reduction of the organism in spinach samples,” says Dr. Jerome King, QA/QC director at Midwest Laboratories. “Studies are being carried out by SADEX to treat spinach until there are no detectable levels of E. coli 0157:H7 in samples.”

The increasing threat of food-borne illness remains the greatest risk to the food industry. “While irradiation does not destroy all types of bacteria and virus, it is the best technology available to reduce disease-causing microorganisms, such as E. coli, from foods,” says Dr. Dennis Olson, food-borne pathogen expert and professor of animal science at Iowa State University. “For seven years, the food industry has been waiting for the FDA to approve the use of irradiation on ready-to-eat foods. Yet, the public waits.”

SADEX Corporation is based in Fort Worth, Texas and operates an electronic pasteurization facility in Sioux City, Iowa. SADEX provides irradiation services to food and agricultural industries utilizing proprietary, patented technology that eliminates pathogens, such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, without the use of radioactive or chemical agents. The company is dedicated to improving human food and animal feed supplies by making products safer while improving the environment and community. For more information about SADEX or irradiation, check our Web site at www.sadexcorp.com.

 

November 18, 2005

For Immediate Release November 18, 2005

Sioux City, Iowa Sees Major Rebirth In Breakthrough Food Technology

Sioux City, Iowa - This week the Sadex Corporation began testing commercial products for processors all over the upper Midwest in preparation to begin using SureBeam cutting-edge electronic pasteurization technology to kill food-borne pathogens and extend product shelf life. Sadex is a Texas-incorporated company based in Sioux City.

Company Chairman David A. Corbin said, "With all the events in the news such as bio-terrorism, the Avian flu, agricultural competition from foreigners, along with many others, this technology helps to insure a safer food supply, as well as provide America’s farmers and processors another "arrow in their quiver" against foreign competition in the global marketplace." Company President Harlan Clemmons added, "The interest from processors of human consumables, as well as animal consumables has been incredibly strong. Both businesses and consumers are becoming increasingly interested in this safe and inexpensive way to increase food safety."

The company’s plant, which is located in the southern part of Sioux City in the Cloverleaf Cold Storage complex, was the most successful plant of the SureBeam Corporation, a publicly traded company based in San Diego. The plant was idled by the January 2004 bankruptcy of SureBeam until Sadex reopened the plant at the end of June.

Sadex President Harlan Clemmons said, "When SureBeam Corporation went bankrupt, it left many Midwestern producers in a vulnerable position. A lot of people worked very hard so that Sadex Corporation could have the opportunity to acquire and re-start this business. It is our desire to have many of these market leaders back using the plant in the very near future." Sadex Chairman David A. Corbin concurred, saying, "Iowa is a wonderful place for business, but Sioux City is perfect for what we are trying to accomplish. Iowa has one of the most well-educated and productive workforces in the world. Sioux City not only has a great agricultural tradition, but also has the workers that we need to perform the many high tech aspects of our business. Many Americans see food as a low-tech business, but increasingly in today’s world, highly knowledgeable and well-qualified people are needed. Sioux City and Siouxland has those in abundance."

For more information, please contact Harlan Clemmons at 712-252-3505 or via email at hclemmons@sadexsc.com.

 

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