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    Bioburden Control and Sterilization Solutions for Food & Beverage Packaging

    Sterigenics has decades of expertise reducing the pathogen count in packaging to achieve regulatory compliance. To meet your microbial reduction goals, Sterigenics offers radiation-based gamma processing through our network of facilities located around the world. Gamma processing is non-invasive and cost-effective. Furthermore, radiation-based gamma processing is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for pathogen reduction and sterilization of food and beverage packaging.

    Sterilization and pathogen reduction for food & beverage packages

    Molds, fungi, and other microorganisms are so pervasive in the air and on human and indoor surfaces, they are hard to avoid. Thus, packages are often contaminated by the time they reach the filling part of your process. This becomes a problem when packaging, such as caps, lids, boxes, and poly liners, have direct contact with the food and beverages going into the package. The resulting contamination can lead to the product being unsafe to distribute or sell, reduce shelf life, create spoilage, and possibly lead to product recalls and harm the corporate and product reputation.

    We understand and are experienced in bioburden control and sterilization services for the food and beverage packaging industry, as well as the medical device industry, pharmaceutical industry, and cosmetic industry.

    Radiation-based gamma processing for food and beverage packaging

    Radiation-based gamma processing is approved by the FDA for bioburden control and sterilization for food and beverage packaging. Gamma irradiation is a proven and non-invasive process that penetrates various types of packaging, reaches all microorganisms regardless of the intricacies of the packaging, leaves no residuals on the packages, and can be scaled to your microbial-reduction goals. In addition to gamma processing being a non-invasive process, it is also safe and cost-effective.

    Gamma can be used to treat a variety of food & beverage packaging

    Food and beverage packages that are typically treated for pathogen reduction or sterilization includes, but is not limited, to:

    • Juice pouches
    • Dairy / milk cartons / boxes
    • Bulk liquid liners
    • Plastic beverage containers
    • Bottles, lids, closures, and caps
    • Packaging for liquid products
    • Take out / take away containers (plastic-foam containers)

    Benefits of gamma irradiation

    • Compatible with a wide variety of polymers
    • Treated at ambient room temperature
    • Reliable and traceable process; known date and time of processing
    • Economically viable for small and large production volumes
    • Increases shelf life of food and beverages that go into packaging; reduces spoilage

    How can Sterigenics’ expertise help you?

    • Customized solutions to help ensure secure, safe, and effective processing
    • A global integrated network of facilities located near your manufacturing or distribution hubs
    • High-quality and consistent processes that exceed safety standards
    • Expedited product processing services
    • Industry Subject Matter Experts to assist in solution development

    World-class Problem Solvers

    Every day our Industry Subject Matter Experts tackle the tough questions. Our goal is to help you arrive at the safest and most cost-effective solution to achieve your product goals.

    Our Industry Subject Matter Experts draw on expertise that spans radiation technology, cost structures, supply chain management, sourcing and purchasing. They have years of experience helping customers solve unique problems. And they’re ready to put their knowledge to work for you.


    Our eBook answers the most common questions that food and beverage manufacturers ask us about the use of gamma irradiation to keep microorganisms out of packaging.

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    Decontamination of cosmetics, Sterilization of cosmetics

    Decontamination of cosmetics, Sterilization of cosmetics

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