“Everybody cares more about what they eat, where it comes from, how it’s grown. If it has chemicals, pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics." - Chef Alan Wong
This morning we met with Alan Wong and Richard Ha at the Pineapple Room to do a piece with KHON on the chemical free cleaner we implemented on Hamakua Springs Country Farms. Hamakua Springs, located on the slopes of Mauna Kea in beautiful Pepe‘ekeo on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, is currently run by Richard Ha. Richard is a 4th generation farmer who knows that the successful future of farming lies with always being many steps ahead of the game when it comes to food quality and reducing the cost of producing. The adoption of new proven technology and processes is a big part of the farms sucesss. Alan Wong's restaurant relies on the food sourced from Richard's farm to be of the highest quality in taste and safety.
With the recent outbreak of the hepatitus A virus, utilizing technologies such as the Lotus Aqueous Ozone to sanitize and eliminate pathogens, bacteria and chemicals is critical in maintaining food safety.
What ozone can do very effectively in almost every situation is clean processing facilities. All surfaces can be sprayed with ozonated water at any time during the workday, because unlike many chemicals, it is not harmful if it comes into contact with food. Doing this will eliminate biofilm that can harbor pathogens and contribute to cross-contamination.
It’s USDA organic and because its only byproduct is O2, it leaves no harmful chemical residue on foods or in the environment once it breaks down. As an added benefit for workers, ozone reduces odor in facilities, and cuts down on allergens in the air.