OxyFile #535

E. Coli Solution Close At Hand

SALT LAKE CITY--(BW HealthWire)--Oct. 7, 1997--Tuesday, Cyclopss 
Corp. (NASDAQ:OZON) based here, and Schlyer Machinery Co., a 
private company based in Wilson, N.Y., jointly announced that they 
signed a letter of intent to develop and manufacture a system that 
could be used by food processors to kill microbial contaminates 
including Esherichia coli (E. coli), Listeria and Salmonella, as 
well as water-born microbes such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

The system uses ozone, one of the most powerful disinfectants and 
oxidants and is more effective in eliminating contaminates than 
conventional disinfectants such as chlorine. In fact, ozone kills 
E. coli more than 3,000 times faster than chlorine. Further, ozone 
leaves behind no chemical residue.

Ozone is a form of oxygen that has three atoms per molecule, 
rather than the typical two atoms found in oxygen. After used, it 
decomposes quickly and becomes ordinary oxygen again.

Said Bill Stoddard, Cyclopss' president, "We've used ozone for 
hospital disinfection for years. It wasn't until food processors 
were given the green light to use ozone that we started putting 
our technology to work for food products."

Ozone was recently given the status of "generally recognized as 
safe" or "GRAS." This GRAS status allows food processors to use 
ozone right now in their washing, handling and packaging 
processes.

Because ozone's life is rather short (only about 20 minutes), 
users of ozone must produce it on-site and only when needed. 
Cyclopss has harnessed the molecule and the process can be 
modified and tailored to the particular needs of the food 
industry.

Explained Stoddard, "The basic system under development is similar 
to a sophisticated car wash: ozonated water is sprayed over, under 
and around the food at all points as a conveyor system moves the 
foods through."

"Because ozone is produced artificially using oxygen and 
electricity at the site of use and converts to oxygen at the site 
of use, we are able to do away with the hazards associated with 
the manufacture and transportation of substances like chlorine. 
Moreover, once ozone does its job, it leaves nothing behind on the 
food, creating a healthier food product for the consumer."

Ozone is no stranger to certain products consumed daily; it's in 
virtually all bottled water and is used by nearly 200 municipal 
drinking water plants in the United States.

And, it's been used extensively in France, Germany, Japan, the 
Netherlands, United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Israel in 
applications ranging from air purification and water treatment to 
controlling post harvest decay and storage of meat, fruit and 
cheese.

In other news, the companies are also jointly developing an ozone 
decontamination system for laboratory animal cages used in medical 
and pharmaceutical research. Says Stoddard, "In both cases the job 
of ozone is the same: we're using it to wash all contaminates from 
surfaces, kill all microbes present and leave nothing behind but 
oxygen."

Cyclopss Corp. is one of the nation's leading developers of ozone 
application processes and technologies for industry. Schlyer 
Machinery Co. is a leading manufacturer of spray washer-
disinfectors.