LONDON, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - At FI Europe, the world's largest food ingredients
event, with a record breaking 23000 visitors and over 1,000 exhibitors in
London this week, a distinguished panel of judges has awarded its prestigious
Gold Award to EBI Food Safety of The Netherlands.
In its fight against Listeria, and other dangerous bacteria, the food
industry has embraced a 'green' solution, using bacteriophages as the way to
go. EBI Food Safety, first-to-market with a commercial bacteriophage product,
fended off competition from eight other finalists to scoop the Oscar of the
Food Industry, for its LISTEX(TM) product against Listeria monocytogenes, the
deadly food pathogens.
At a glittering ceremony in London's Excel Centre, the awards came at the
end of a day of non-stop deliberation by the judges. "This year's FI Awards
have been the most exciting ever," said Henry Dixon, chairman of the judging
committee and director of international food marketing communications agency
Barret Dixon Bell. "We received over 50 entries, and had a really good spread
of innovations and market factors. They were extremely strong finalists."
"LISTEX(TM) is a true innovation, a new approach to an urgent and growing
problem that affects both consumers and manufacturers," said Dixon, explaining
the judges' reason for choosing EBI Food Safety as the winner of the Gold
Award. The FI Awards, which have been running since 1994, are one of the most
eagerly anticipated events in the food industry calendar, and this year was no
exception. "I think the FI Awards are particularly special in that they really
make a difference - as evidenced by the amount of interest that has been shown
in them - journalists from around the globe have been desperate to find out
who has won," said Dixon.
LISTEX(TM) effectively eliminates Listeria monocytogenes, without
affecting the other properties of the food. It is a safe and natural product,
which is easy to apply in a variety of Listeria-susceptible products, such as
hams and hot dogs, cheese, fish and many RTE-products. It addresses a
multi-billion dollar industry problem, on account of Listeria's high mortality
(20-30%) and ability to grow at refrigerated temperatures and in low oxygen
environments such as packaged foods. First associated with a food borne
outbreak in 1981, killing 7, Listeria monocytogenes is now responsible for
almost half of all deaths caused by food pathogens. Other potentially fatal
pathogens are Salmonella, Campylobacter and E-coli, for which EBI Food Safety
is also developing bacteriophage products.
EBI Food Safety's CEO, Mark Offerhaus: "We are honoured by the judges'
decision. This choice is a confirmation from the industry that the use of
phages is a logical one. Last month the largest frozen hamburger producer in
the US went out of business, just two weeks after it's first ever product
recall. The consequences of a contaminated product reaching the market can be
catastrophic. Use of natural phages translates into risk-reduction, valued by
shareholders and consumers alike."
About EBI Food Safety
EBI Food Safety (http://www.ebifoodsafety.com), located in Wageningen
("Food Valley"), The Netherlands, develops and markets natural bacteriophage
products against dangerous food pathogens and is viewed as product leader in
this field. Earlier this year EBI Food Safety was elected as one of Holland's
25 most promising young enterprises by FEM Business Magazine. The company's
scientific network includes collaborations with universities and research
centers around the world.
For further information:
For further information: Mark Offerhaus, CEO of EBI Food Safety,
+31(0)654-913-176, or: email@example.com, or