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Atlantium Technologies' UV System Provides U.S. Dairy Processors With the Equivalent to Heat-Pasteurized Water.

Summary: Israeli Company Is First to Market with Off-the-Shelf UV Technology that complies

with FDA requirements in the U.S. Dairy Industry

Atlantium Technologies, an Israeli-basedwater technologies company, today announced that its Hydro Optic Disinfection(TM)ultraviolet (UV) light water pasteurization and disinfection systems are nowcommercially available for use for regulatory compliance in the U.S. dairy industry. The announcement by Atlantium comes after the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationfinalized the 2009 Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), and issued the IMS-a-47. Thenew rules include criteria for the use of UV to provide disinfected and pasteurizedequivalent water in dairy processing. Atlantium's system is the only off-the-shelfUV system validated for all the criteria required by the PMO.

Ensuring that both products and equipment are kept free of water-borne pathogens isan ongoing challenge for dairy processors. Atlantium's environmentally-friendlyHydro-Optic Disinfection systems deliver unprecedented protection against pathogenspresent in water, a critical component of dairy processes. Energy-efficient andchemical-free, Atlantium's system ensures high quality, safe water at a lower costthan traditional thermal pasteurization, and now can be used to comply with the PMOrequirements for pasteurized water. In addition, Atlantium's fully automatedmonitoring and control software and electronic recordkeeping meet PMO requirementsand automatically adjust to meet fluctuating water conditions, which reducesdown-time and labor costs.

"We are very pleased that the FDA has finalized the 2009 PMO, which sets meaningfulcriteria for UV water pasteurization and disinfection in U.S. dairy processing,"said Yoni Glickman, chief executive officer of Atlantium Technologies. "The 2009PMO opens the way for U.S. dairy processors to replace heat pasteurization of waterwith energy-efficient, chemical-free UV technology. Atlantium's Hydro-Optic systemis the industry's only off-the-shelf UV product that meets all the PMOrequirements."

Every two years, the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS)reviews the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PM0), which includes the procedures andregulations governing the safe supply of Grade A milk and milk products to U.S.consumers. The NCIMS voted in April 2009 on revisions to the PMO, which now allowthe use of UV to disinfect and pasteurize water in dairy processing, based onrigorous measurement criteria. The FDA finalized the 2009 PMO, releasing the newprovisions to the public on October 14, 2009, paving the way for the use of UV forwater disinfection and pasteurization in the U.S. dairy industry.

"The effective date of the new provisions in the 2009 PMO is no later than one yearafter the electronic publication of the 2009 PMO or the notification to the Statesof the changes by memo (IMS-a) from FDA, depending on each individual state,"explained Raymond Lynn Young, of Milk Regulatory Consultants, LLC , one of three FDAThird-Party Certifiers. "However, this kind of provision, which can save dairiesmoney and energy, is often allowed to be used by State Program Managers soon afterpublication."

"Atlantium's Hydro Optic Disinfection System has made a big impact on efficiency andoverall quality at our Uniontown plant," said Tim Griglack, director of alloperations, United Dairy, Inc. The United Uniontown, Penn. facility is one of thefirst plants to adopt the system for pasteurized equivalent water.

"We've been using the Atlantium system to provide pasteurized equivalent water fornearly 10 months and in that short time have realized savings in terms of fillingline operator ease and efficiencies. The best part is that it makes our livessimpler, and the water is so much better after the reactor," Griglack added.

"Because our plant processes such a wide variety of products, we use a tremendousamount of water to flush equipment between products. With Atlantium's Hydro OpticDisinfection UV system, we no longer have to store water and then shut down if thestorage tank is empty," said Mark Duray, chief operating officer at Galliker's Dairyin Johnstown, Penn., another of the sites using the system for complying with PMOregulations. "With the Atlantium system, pasteurized-equivalent water is alwaysready on demand. As a result, we are able to add more products to the line on anygiven day, exponentially boosting our efficiency. And we are saving energy andmoney, too." 2009 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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