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Food Safety - 3 Simple Rules for Food Sanitizing

Updated on May 29, 2020

A food sanitizer can provide not just great filtered water and also offers the ability to sanitize foods.

Ozone is a non-chemical disinfectant that also provides pure drinking water, excellent for fighting harmful contaminants such as E. coli, salmonella and MRSA.

Like all tools, IF used properly, an ozone generator can be an effective food sanitizer.

Understanding how to use your food sanitizer demands an understanding of three simple food safety rules.


Other Non-Chemical Uses of Ozonated Water

CPAC Machines

CPAC - wonderful for rinsing the lines - keeps the bacteria away.

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Odor Control

Combats without chemicals difficult kitchen odors such as onions, garlic and seafood. Also great for spraying your oven after smoking meats.

Plants Fighting Fungus

Ozonated water kills bacteria - wonderful non-chemical method to combat fungus on sensitive plants.

Pets - Dermatitis & More!

Animals pure water especially ozonated because it is Mother Nature's very own drinking water and non-chemical disinfectant. From your dog to your cat to your feathered friends, they love drinking this water. For horses, if dermatitis is problematic, simply spray or wipe down the affected area. Ozonated water will not cure anything and does not claim to cure. Similar to the popular chemical called Bactine® ozone water will help deter active bacteria but without any chemicals.

Food Safety Rule #1 - Clean is Not Sanitized

Clean is not sanitized.

Clean is only the first step to sanitizing.

Food Safety Rule #2 Germs Love Warm Water & Warm Air

Germs love warm water. To fight germs and contaminates - ozonated water needs to be cool, water needs to be boiling.

Cool water is sanitizing for your water filtration system. Warm water can breed germs. Likewise, warm water is not efficient for a food sanitizer. Only cool ozonated water kills germs via cell lysing. Regular water on the other hand, needs to be boiling to kill germs.

Food Safety Rule#3 Rinsing is Sanitizing & Soaking is for Cleaning

Rinsing is sanitizing.

Soaking is cleaning.

Soaking is not sanitizing. Remember rule number one – clean is the first step – then we need to rinse with ozonated water.

Like all great tools, it is a tool which IF fully understood and utilized properly will work hard for you and family. Sanitizing leafy greens, sanitizing meats and other fruits and vegetables will extend the shelf life and save you money, sanitizing food may also save you and your customers from harmful bacteria.

Food Sanitizer - Great Kitchen Tool - Added Food Safety

Other popular home uses of your food sanitizer include sanitizing food baths, CPAC machines and other household surfaces. Remember a food sanitizer is a great deodorizer too – add ozonated water to a spray bottle and spray down your oven after cooking fish or smoking meats. Want to quickly rid your hands of onion smell – simply rinse with ozonated water.

Water Filtration System & Food Sanitizer Too!

Food sanitizers/point-of-use water filtration system are now available around the world.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Kelly Kline Burnett


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    • 4FoodSafety profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Food sanitizing needs to come of age in the food industry.

      Ammonia has been "sold" and yet there are other technologies that are better.

      I hope our legislators can understand "we the consumer" can make choices and yet we are not being given choices.

      The normal route in the past for food safety has been the legal route with attorneys and representatives.

      That is an expensive route. The most efficient route would be for the food giants to stand up and produce food that is good for their children.

      The world's food supply is owned by an elite few families. The food that is being produced is not what the owners would feed their infants.

      If you are concerned with an infant eating it - we should not be eating it.

      If ammonia is not disclosed, we should all be shouting. Not to the FDA and USDA but to Walmart and Kraft and so on. The mega globals should take responsibility for food safety and increase the labeling requirements for their food products.

      It is not complicated and yet it sadly remains broken.

      If we cannot fix food safety, we are all doomed to disease.

    • 4FoodSafety profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Fontana, WI

      I remember the years when we joked about bacteria. We are now smarter and know better NOT to joke about bacteria. Sanitizing is not cleaning and this is new information in today's age.

      When we get it right and we are sanitizing, we are healthier. Fighting bacteria starts with understanding what bacteria likes and where it thrives.

      I knew bacteria liked warmth, I didn't know ozone was less effective with warmth, and I didn't know bacteria had a preference for alkalinity.

      Know what bacteria likes is half the battle in fighting for our health. Washing our hands, sanitizing surfaces, sanitizing fruits and vegetables I hope extends beyond our homes into food production worldwide.

    • 4FoodSafety profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      9 years ago from Fontana, WI


      Our understanding of sanitizing is changing daily. The knowledge we have today makes the education I had akin to the dark ages.

      Bacteria can harm us and we have learned that MRSA can kill and that many disinfectants don't work.

    • 4FoodSafety profile imageAUTHOR

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      11 years ago from Fontana, WI

      Peggy W,

      That is the great thing about VeriPure - no chemicals - not even the most common chemical bleach. The only residual is oxygen. VeriPure kills bacteria without chemicals and it makes the very best drinking water available.

      VeriPure smells like a thunderstorm for about 60 seconds because its sanitizing power is from mimicking Mother Nature's ozone process.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      11 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I had not heard about VeriPure. Does it contain bleach?

    • Ladybird33 profile image


      11 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Great hub! Learned a lot! Thanks!

      PS; I have been working and working on this and these tips are helpful.


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