For convenience and economic reasons powdered infant formula is widely worldwide used. With several crisis (with various origins) in recent times, manufacturers challenge their practices to permanently improve the level of food- safety throughout the production line. One of the main sources of contamination appears to be the manufacturing environment (concentration and prevalence of E. sakazakii is high). Packaging sterilization is therefore one of the critical points to be monitored.

Pulsed light packaging sterilization: a tried-and-tested technology Claranor, pioneer of Pulsed light in-line packaging decontamination for beverages and dairy products, brings to the infant powdered formula market, the advantages of the technology: High level of efficiency, compacity, sustainability.

Pulsed light for infant formula: a technology adapted to production challenges To achieve a dry sterilization needed for the infant powdered formula packaging a new cooling system by air has been designed instead of the closer water-cooling system currently used. In September it’s a whole range of decontamination equipment dedicated to the baby powder milk category that have been designed: can, can end, cap with integrated spoon of all shapes, sizes or material can be instantaneously treated in line by pulsed light.

As an instant treatment, pulsed light technology offers an optimal accuracy, reproducibility of the decontamination and a high availability compared to UV it allows the treatment of each pack and makes it easy the management of production line stops and restarts.

Proven efficiency, Pulsed Light ensures similar or higher packaging decontamination than conventional methods, moreover the microbiological decontamination is measurable and has been validated by an independent laboratory: the Fraunhofer Institute IVV.

The Claranor solution remains with a strong advantage: the heat is not released in the environment around the conveyor but eliminated outside the production room.

The Infant powder Cans Pulsed Light Sterilizer will be displayed in preview at the Pack-Expo in Chicago – 14-17 October 2018 – South Hall – Booth S4381

Can-end sterilization

On top of the powder milk can sterilizer, Claranor develops a Can End sterilizer. Integrated around the can end conveyor, the sterilizer decontaminates instantaneously the both sides of the can end to avoid any contamination during the restacking. Each end face gets one flash during the motion, whatever the speed of the conveyor.

Closure with integrated spoon sterilization

To offer a complete solution for the whole packaging, Claranor has designed a new optical cabinet adapted to the Closure with integrated spoon. Together with Aptar, leader in dispensing systems, “NEO”, a closure with integrated transparent spoon, has been developed to ensure the decontamination of all the surface in contact with the product including the surface under the spoon.

Pulsed light sterilization for Infant powdered formula: accurate, profitable and sustainable, a step ahead in Infant milk formula packaging decontamination.