The two companies are partnering to develop safe, sustainable cleaning products and methods for food environments.
UL Environment (which tests and certifies industrial products for safety and health) and Green Endeavor (specializing in ‘greening’ professional products and systems) have teamed up to come up with products for food processing operations and other industrial applications.
The partnership will work to widen the number of industrial cleaners that provide food processing professionals with effective, safe, and environmentally friendly options to clean and sanitize their facilities.
B. Scott Taylor, Green Endeavor’s CEO, told FoodProductionDaily the union of the two companies and the meeting of the minds will benefit food professionals.
“Our efforts will increase the number, availability, coherence, and quality of industrial cleaners in the marketplace that are known to be safer and healthier for the environment and the workforce that also make economic sense,” he said.
According to Taylor, UL Environment will provide a certification process to provide standards and validation for Green Endeavor products, confirming the products measure up to rigorous standards and are viable alternatives to the chemical solutions currently in use. The intention is to let food firms switch to cleaner, safer, eco-focused solutions to comply with environmental regulations, improve environmental impact, and increase worker safety.
Filling a gap
Mark Rossolo, manager of government and public affairs for UL Environment said the partnership will fill a long-neglected gap in food safety and sanitation.
“This is an area which has been long overlooked in the push to increase green cleaning products in general,” he said. “We think this is a great opportunity to quickly make a difference and begin to reduce the environmental and health impacts of industrial cleaning.”
In addition to UL Environment, Green Endeavor works with several companies in the food processing and packaging sphere, including Kellogg’s, Parker Hannifin, and Ponzi Wines. The company also has worked with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on food safety concerns.