Including Packaging Of Contacted Food Or Treatment Of Material In Package Patents (Class 426/316)
  • Patent number: 10092132
    Abstract: A delivery system and method for a brewed beverage, such as coffee or tea, that stores a batch of brewed beverage in a cooled container, and heats a serving quantity on demand at the point of dispensing. A heater such as a tankless water heater may be connected to a dispensing line to generate hot servings on demand. Cold servings may also be provided. Quality control of the brewing process may be improved by brewing in a centralized, controlled environment and then shipping cooled containers to dispensing points such as coffee shops or cafés. Containers may be filled with a gas such as nitrogen to prevent oxidation, thereby preserving freshness during storage or shipping. At the dispensing site, containers may be refrigerated and attached to gas tanks to maintain the freshness as servings are dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: RYAN BROTHERS COFFEE OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
    Inventor: Harry Ryan
  • Patent number: 9125392
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to treating articles suspected of being infested with bed bugs using carbon dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Joelle Francine Olson, Kim R. Smith, John E. Thomas, Andrew M. Schultz
  • Publication number: 20150079252
    Abstract: A film for wrapping respiring produce is disclosed. The film comprises from about 60% to about 90% of an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) mixture which consists of (for example, from about 75% to about 90%) ethylene vinyl acetate and (for example, from about 10% to about 25%) vinyl acetate, with the balance of the film selected from food-safe, EVA-compatible, thermoplastic resins, such as low density polyethylene, linear low density polyethylene, and mixtures of those materials. A bag for storage and shipment of respiring produce, such as bananas, made from that film material, as well as a method for shipping and storing respiring produce, such as bananas, avocados, salad components or flowers, utilizing that bag, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Chiquita Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jiwon Jeong, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Murillo
  • Patent number: 8808776
    Abstract: A produce chamber (1) is provided to subject produce in a crate (7) to a controlled atmosphere. The chamber (1) has at least one inflatable/deflatable balloon seal structure (15) for sealingly engaging with a side wall of a produce crate (7) which has at least one opening (13) in a side wall (11) thereof. The balloon seal structure (15) has at least one discharge opening (19) that aligns with the at least one crate opening (13). Crates (7) with produce therein can be loaded in the chamber (1) with the balloon seal structure (15) deflated. The balloon seal structure (15) can then be inflated and controlled atmosphere allowed to circulate through the balloon seal structure (15) and discharged from the opening (19) and through the crate opening (13) to expose the produce to a controlled atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Andrew North, Gary Martin North
  • Patent number: 8783002
    Abstract: A method for introducing at least one substance into a sealed enclosure holding at least one product. At least one conduit may be provided through which one of gas or fluid may flow into or out of the sealed enclosure. Air may be evacuated from the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit to create a predetermined pressure within the sealed enclosure and a predetermined quantity of the at least one substance may be injected into the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Bowden Group
    Inventors: Lisa A. Bowden, R. Craig Bowden, James Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8697162
    Abstract: Container containing a gassed acidulated beverage capable of producing a foam when the container is opened and the beverage poured. The beverage contains an additive which reduces the rate of release of the gas from the beverage when the container has been opened, without the beverage being poured. The additive has one or more of the following: an HLB value in the range 7-16; a molecular weight in the range 200-3000; and it is present in an amount of from 0.01 to 100 mg/l.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Thos. Bentley & Son Limited
    Inventor: Roy Kenneth Taylor
  • Patent number: 8683776
    Abstract: A method for introducing at least one substance into a sealed enclosure holding at least one product. The sealed enclosure having at least one conduit through which one of gas or fluid may flow into or out of the sealed enclosure. Air is evacuated from the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit to create a predetermined pressure within the sealed enclosure and a predetermined quantity of the at least one substance is injected into the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Bowden Group
    Inventors: Lisa A. Bowden, R. Craig Bowden, James Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8574652
    Abstract: A method of smoke-infusing proteinaceous foods comprises the following sequential steps: a) enclosing the proteinaceous foods in a vacuum-treating zone; b) introducing smoke directly or indirectly from a smoke generation zone into the vacuum-treating zone; c) subjecting the proteinaceous foods to vacuum purging at a negative pressure in the vacuum-treating zone, thereby infusing smoke into the proteinaceous foods; d) repeating the steps of introducing smoke directly or indirectly from the smoke generation zone into the vacuum-treating zone; subjecting the proteinaceous foods to vacuum purging at a negative pressure in the vacuum-treating zone at least fifty times in pulsed sequences of smoke introduction stage/vacuum purging stage/vacuum release stage for the efficient infusion of smoke into the proteinaceous foods; and e) a post-chill resting cycle of the smoke-infused proteinaceous foods at a suitable temperature and for a suitable period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Crustocean Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Richard Ablett, Cyril Gallant
  • Patent number: 8551546
    Abstract: A CO-containing modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) gas is generated from a processing gas including CO2 and an optional inert gas by applying an electric field under conditions sufficient to generate non-thermal plasma. The fresh appearance of meat or seafood is maintained for a longer time by storing them in a container with the MAP gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventors: Vasuhi Rasanayagam, Meenakshi Sundaram
  • Publication number: 20130259989
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for sterilizing and preserving fresh products are provided by making the ozone gas and the carbon dioxide in a state of the gas mist to be in contact with the fresh product to sterilize and to keep freshness of the fresh product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8372460
    Abstract: A method for sanitation and preservation of foodstuffs includes the following steps. A container containing a foodstuff is provided. A non-thermal plasma is introduced to an interior of the container. The container is sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignees: L'Air Liquide Societe Anonyme pour l'Etude et l'Exploitation des Procedes Georges Claude, American Air Liquide, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre-Emmanuel Meyers, Jean-Christophe Rostaing, Rajat Agrawal
  • Publication number: 20130004634
    Abstract: A method of handling mangoes includes exposing the mangoes to an atmosphere that contains one or more cyclopropene compounds, and containing the mangoes in a modified-atmosphere package. The method provides an unexpected improvement in maintaining the optimum ripeness of the mangoes over what would be expected based upon the effects observed when either exposing the mangoes to the cyclopropene compound or containing the mangoes in a modified-atmosphere package in the absence of the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: ROHM AND HAAS COMPANY
    Inventors: Evan MCcaskey, Jon F. Fobes, Nazir Mir, Alvaro Ureña-Padilla
  • Publication number: 20120282380
    Abstract: There is provided a method of storing bananas comprising the steps of (a) exposing said bananas to an atmosphere that contains one or more ethylene-active compound, and (b) after said step (a), exposing said bananas to an atmosphere that contains one or more cyclopropene compound while said bananas have color stage 2 to 6 on the seven-stage scale, wherein said bananas are kept in a modified-atmosphere package for a time period that includes at least a time interval that lasts for 1 hour, wherein said time interval begins between the conclusion of said step (b) and 72 hours from the conclusion of said step (b), and wherein said modified-atmosphere package is constructed so that the transmission rate of carbon dioxide for the entire package (PCT) is from 2,400 to 120,000 cubic centimeters per day per kilogram of bananas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Nazir Mir, Deirdre Margaret Holcroft, William Nixon James, JR., Alvaro R. Ureña-Padilla, Bruce Menning
  • Patent number: 8256190
    Abstract: A method for introducing at least one substance into a sealed enclosure holding at least one product. The sealed enclosure having at least one conduit through which one of gas or fluid may flow into or out of the sealed enclosure. Air is evacuated from the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit to create a predetermined pressure within the sealed enclosure and a predetermined quantity of the at least one substance is injected into the sealed enclosure through the at least one conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Bowden Group
    Inventors: Lisa Bowden, R. Craig Bowden, James Nagamine
  • Patent number: 8178141
    Abstract: Articles of manufacture and methods for absorbing gasses released by roaster coffee packed in hermetically sealed containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: The Folger Coffee Company
    Inventors: Athula Ekanayake, Paul Ralph Bunke
  • Patent number: 8101102
    Abstract: A method for improving the resistance of fumigant sorption in a produce container made of expandable polystyrene particles in a fumigation process, and related produce container. Expandable polystyrene particles having a density ranging from 40.0 to 32.0 pounds per cubic foot and a blowing agent amount ranging from 2.5 to 7.5 weight percent are pre-expanded to form pre-expanded particles having a core bulk density ranging from 12.5 to 2.0 pounds per cubic foot, and a skin density ranging between 40.0 and 32.0 pounds per cubic foot and a thickness ranging from 0.1 to 2 microns. These pre-expanded particles are injected into a mold to form a produce container having a wall thickness ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Jiansheng Tang, Michael T. Williams, David A. Cowan
  • Patent number: 8101101
    Abstract: Methods for improving the resistance of fumigant sorption in produce containers made from expandable polystyrene particles in a fumigation process, and related produce containers. An embodiment involves pre-expanding the expandable polystyrene particles to form pre-expanded particles; applying a coating comprised of a chemical selected from the group consisting of mineral oil, polyethylene wax, ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer, and polyethylene glycol to the pre-expanded particles and in amount of 0.05 to 5.0 parts per hundred; and forming the container from the pre-expanded particles. A further embodiment involves applying the chemical coating to the expandable particles; pre-expanding the expandable polystyrene particles to form pre-expanded particles; and forming the containers from the pre-expanded particles. Other methods involve increasing the cell size of the expandable particles used to form the produce container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: NOVA Chemicals Inc.
    Inventors: Jiansheng Tang, Jeffory E. Russell, Christine Hetzer, David A. Cowan
  • Patent number: 8092848
    Abstract: Packaging of respiring biological materials, particularly bananas and other fruits, in sealed containers. The containers preferably include a gas-permeable membrane comprising (1) a microporous film, and (2) a polymeric coating on the microporous film. Using appropriate containers and appropriate controlled atmospheres around the container, the respiring materials can be stored and/or ripened under controlled conditions. Bananas can be ripened while they are being transported, or in conventional ripening rooms without opening the containers in which they have been transported. The ripe bananas are less dehydrated and remain in a satisfactory ripened state for longer periods of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Landec Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond Clarke
  • Patent number: 8067049
    Abstract: Roasted coffee beans are cooled and stored to a temperature of 0° C. or below before elapse of forty eight hours of holding time at room temperature or below after roasting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Nagoyaseiraku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takayoshi Hibi
  • Patent number: 8029838
    Abstract: A method for storing respiring produce, particularly bananas, during ripening is disclosed. The method allows bananas to remain in the ripened condition for an extended period of time while, at the same time, having improved sweetness and taste characteristics. In this method, during ripening, the produce is maintained in a gas medium which comprises oxygen and carbon dioxide and has the following characteristics: PR=ratio of oxygen to carbon dioxide=(20.94?B)/C=from about 1.8 to about 3.8; wherein B is the percentage (by weight) of oxygen in the gas medium and C is the percentage (by weight) of carbon dioxide is the gas medium, and the percentage (by weight) of oxygen (in the gas medium) is from about 1.0 to about 6.0, and the percentage (by weight) of carbon dioxide in the gas medium is from about 3.0 to about 10.0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Chiquita Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Forsyth, Raul U. Fernandez, Gonzalo Marquez
  • Patent number: 8025912
    Abstract: A method for storing respiring produce, particularly bananas, during ripening is disclosed. The method allows bananas to remain in the ripened condition for an extended period of time while, at the same time, having improved sweetness and taste characteristics. In addition, the method does not require separate handling and repackaging of the bananas between the starting of the ripening process and storage/shipment of the bananas. In this method, ripening is initiated by inserting additional gas into the banana package, such that the gas medium comprises from about 2.0% to about 5.0% oxygen, from about 5.0% to about 15.0% carbon dioxide, from about 0.8% to about 1.5% ethylene, the remainder of the gas medium being predominantly nitrogen, for a period of from about 0.5 to about 5 seconds. The composition of the gas medium in the package is then adjusted such that the gas medium has a ratio of oxygen to carbon dioxide which meets the following conditions: (20.94?B)/C=from about 1.8 to about 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Chiquita Brands Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Forsyth, Raul U. Fernandez, Gonzalo Marquez
  • Patent number: 8012521
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for producing treated meat having a predetermined proportion of water in a container. The method includes treating meat that has lost water content through evaporation with an agent capable of killing bacteria together with an amount of water, wherein the amount of water corresponds to the amount of water that is lost through evaporation. The method provides meat being treated with a bactericidal agent as well as also providing meat with the predetermined amount of water for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: SafeFresh Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. M. Garwood
  • Patent number: 7976885
    Abstract: Systems and methods for antimicrobial injection in a web packaging pasteurization system are provided. A pressurized mixture of pasteurizing medium and at least one antimicrobial agent is applied to the surfaces of a food product. According to a preferred embodiment, the at least one microbial agent is injected into and thereby mixed with the pressurized supply of pasteurizing steam prior to its discharge into a pressurized chamber and application to the food surfaces. Preferably, the mixture is introduced into the pressurized chamber at an inflow rate and vented from the chamber at an outflow rate that is slower than the inflow rate such that the pressure in the chamber increases to increase the temperature of the mixture to an effective temperature for killing bacteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Alkar-RapidPak-MP Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth T. Pulsfus, Lynn Amyx, Bryan J. Lemmenes
  • Publication number: 20110143003
    Abstract: A film comprises or is produced from a composition comprising a blend of a polyamide and an organic acid modified ionomer having its acid moiety at least partially neutralized to salts containing a majority of alkali metal ions, and the composition optionally comprises a compatibilizer selected from dicarboxylate-containing polymers, softened ethylene acid copolymers, ethylene glycidyl ester copolymers, or combinations of two or more thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY
    Inventor: John Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 7799361
    Abstract: The present invention provides a food preservation system that includes a multi-phase bacterial inhibition food pad. The food pad includes absorbent media and/or material to absorb fluids emanating from the packaged food. The absorbent media/material includes one or more bacterial inhibitors that may possess bacteriostatic and/or bactericidal properties. In addition, the food pad may also include an atmosphere modification system capable of modifying an atmosphere in a food package. Optionally, one or more reaction promoters and/or one or more mechanisms to protect the food preservation system may also be included in the food pad. Overall, the food preservation system inhibits bacterial growth, thereby enhancing food preservation and/or food safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Paper Pak Industries
    Inventors: Marc D. Etchells, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Publication number: 20100233333
    Abstract: This invention provides a method to control banana and plantain quality by providing packaging in laser microperforated plastic bags having registered microperforation arrays to allow for transmission of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ethylene gases into and out. The method improves even ripening of the bananas and plantains, extends green life and yellow life of the bananas and plantains, controls dehydration and reduces crown mold and pedicle withering of packed bananas and plantains during transport and storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Elizabeth Varriano-Marston
  • Publication number: 20100221392
    Abstract: A container (1) containing a foaming-target food is charged at a predetermined pressure with nitrous oxide and a gas having a smaller solubility in the food than nitrous oxide. Then, the container (1) is shaken sufficiently, and a lever (3c) is operated to let the food come out, whereby the gas in the food begins foaming to give a foamed food product in which fine cells distribute uniformly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hajime Nakai, Hiroyuki Hata, Hiroaki Nago
  • Publication number: 20100183785
    Abstract: A method for doing business to retard bacterial, fungal, and viral contamination and mold growth in fruits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Zuniga Manuel, II
  • Publication number: 20090311390
    Abstract: A process for making pet food treats including a meat base, the treats themselves and a processing system for making the treats. The meat base is ground to obtain a ground meat base. The ground meat base is mixed with one or more ingredients to obtain a meat mixture. Slugs of the meat mixture are formed. The slugs of meat mixture are cooked to obtain cooked slugs of meat mixture. The cooked slugs of meat mixture are chilled. The cooked slugs of meat mixture are packaged while reducing the amount of oxygen in the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: John Phelps, Mary Kathryn Winstanley, Robert P. Teitelbaum, Scott Morris, Thomas Ray
  • Publication number: 20090297667
    Abstract: A product packaging comprises a base, a lid, a meat product, and a gas within a space between the base, the lid, and the meat product. The base and the lid form a cavity having a first volume. The meat product has a first color and a second volume. The second volume is smaller than the first volume. The cavity is configured and arranged to receive the meat product. The space has a third volume that is the difference between the first volume and the second volume. The gas within the space comprises no greater than 30% carbon monoxide, and at least one of the base and the lid has an oxygen transmission rate of 0.1 to 15 cc of oxygen per package in 24 hours so that in 18 to 90 days the first color of the meat product has noticeably changed to a second color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: David C. Ruzek, Chad H. Donicht
  • Patent number: 7585528
    Abstract: A package for containing a product such as meat. The package includes top and bottom opposing flexible chamber sheets. These sheets are sealed together in a selected chamber seal zone to define a watertight chamber portion that is capable of containing the product. A hollow frame circumscribes the chamber portion. The frame supports the chamber portion when the frame is inflated. The need for a rigid tray may be eliminated by the inventive package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Cryovac, Inc.
    Inventors: Isabella Ferri, Riccardo Palumbo, Stefano Santagostino, Andrea Granili, Carmen Roveda
  • Patent number: 7585530
    Abstract: The present invention provides a food preservation system that includes a multi-phase bacterial inhibition food pad. The food pad includes absorbent media and/or material to absorb fluids emanating from the packaged food. The absorbent media/material includes one or more bacterial inhibitors that may possess bacteriostatic and/or bactericidal properties. In addition, the food pad may also include an atmosphere modification system capable of modifying an atmosphere in a food package. Optionally, one or more reaction promoters and/or one or more mechanisms to protect the food preservation system may also be included in the food pad. Overall, the food preservation system inhibits bacterial growth, thereby enhancing food preservation and/or food safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Paper-Pak Industries
    Inventors: Marc D Etchells, Sayandro Versteylen
  • Patent number: 7575770
    Abstract: A method is provided for tracking ground meat to the animal or animals from which the meat was harvested. The method includes obtaining animal portions that have information that is associated with the animal portions. The animal portions are loaded into a conduit or a vessel that includes a meat grinder. The amount of portions entering the conduit or the vessel are measured. The portions are ground into ground meat, and the amount of ground meat leaving the conduit is again measured. With the aid of a computer, when the amount of ground meat leaving the conduit corresponds to an amount of the portions that enter the conduit, the information that had been associated with the unground animal portions can also be associated with the ground meat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: SafeFresh Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. M. Garwood
  • Publication number: 20090104317
    Abstract: Combinations of atmosphere control members are used to control the atmosphere within a sealed container which contains a respiring biological material. The combination makes use of a first ACM having a first R ratio (the ratio of carbon dioxide permeability to oxygen permeability) and a second ACM having a second R ratio, the first R ratio being substantially greater than 1.0, and the second R ratio being less than the first R ratio. This combination (31, 321, 322, 331, 332) can form part of the sealed container (1) itself, or can be part of an assembly (31, 32, 34) through which the packaging atmosphere within the sealed container (1) is circulated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Raymond Clarke
  • Patent number: 7208187
    Abstract: Method for the control of a controlled atmosphere for the storage of plant products in at least one storage- or transport space, where a) the concentration of at least one trace gas that is produced by the plant products and has a share of less than 1% of the controlled atmosphere is measured at least twice at different times; b) the degree of change in the concentration of the trace gas is derived from at least two measuring values as the measure of the production rate of the plant product for said trace gas; c) the control variables for the composition in the controlled atmosphere are determined depending on the degree of change in the concentration of the trace gas, and d) the composition of the controlled atmosphere is adjusted according to the control variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Ralph Gäbler
  • Patent number: 7205016
    Abstract: A method of stacking packages, wherein an upper package has a configuration to avoid touching the contents of a lower package. The finished packages can be stacked within cartons for distribution and shipped long distances without causing damage to the contents of the trays in the lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: SafeFresh Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony J. M. Garwood
  • Patent number: 7037543
    Abstract: The color life of modified atmosphere packaged fresh red meat is extended by contacting the fresh red meat with an extract of a Labiatae herb prior to packaging the meat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Kalsec, Incorporated
    Inventors: Constance L. Sandusky, Gregory S. Reynhout, Thomas S. Jones
  • Patent number: 7001631
    Abstract: Almonds are often harvested off the ground from around trees which have been fertilized with manure. Potentially hazardous microbes are transferred from the husk to the shells during the dehusking process. During deshelling, shell dust with attached microbes escapes into the atmosphere and can permeate an entire packaging facility, contaminating previously uncontaminated packaging and food products. A sterile barrier is provided around the packaging facility. As the almonds in the shell are passed through the barrier, their shells are sanitized. After the nutmeats are removed from the shells, the nutmeats are sanitized again and packaged in packaging which has been sanitized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Thaddeus J. Mielnik, Matthew C. Lawes, Gerald E. McDonnell
  • Patent number: 6964788
    Abstract: Food products, such as precooked meats, sausages, and the like are microbially decontaminated in their cooking packages to remove surface microorganism contamination from the packages. The cooking packages are removed and the food products optionally subjected to further processing, such as slicing, and then packaged in aseptic packaging. The microbial decontamination step, further processing and packaging are carried out in a clean room which is maintained to a high level of sterilization or disinfection to minimize or eliminate contamination of the food products with pathogenic microorganisms such as Listeria Monocytogenes. The food products thus leave the packaging plant with a much higher assurance of food safety than is found in a conventional packaging plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Randall K. Phebus, Eric W. Krieger, James R. Marsden, William J. T. Biebesheimer, Douglas D. Danforth
  • Patent number: 6855358
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of introducing a nutraceutical to a beverage comprising treating a beverage with a primary sterilizing agent, such as ozonation, filling a container with said beverage, adding an amount of a nutraceutical and sealing said container. The present invention allows for the production of a suitably sterile beverage without a substantial loss in the activity, or change in the structure, of a nutraceutical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Enhanced Beverages, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Nickolas, Andrew Stewart
  • Patent number: 6823774
    Abstract: An adsorbent (2) is sandwiched by two films (4) from upper and lower directions; the two films (4) are bonded to upper and lower surfaces of the adsorbent (2). A skirt portion (4A) extending in a lateral direction of the adsorbent (2) is formed in an outer periphery of each of the films (4) and dispersing openings (8) are formed between the skirt portions (4A). Then, a freshness-keeping liquid impregnated in the adsorbent (2) is gradually dispersed outside from each side portion (2A) of the adsorbent (2) through the dispersing opening (8), whereby the adsorbent (2) in the freshness-keeping device (1) is prevented from contacting directly food and the freshness of the food can be kept stably in a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Fretek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ushio Uranaka, Kouji Nishizaki, Yosuke Akiba
  • Patent number: 6777012
    Abstract: The preservation of meat products is accomplished utilizing a combination of smoke, ozone and freezing preservation techniques. Particularly, fish products are sized into portions that are first treated with smoke, followed by treatment with ozone and then optionally frozen. The preservation system extends the shelf life of the fish products and permits the fish to maintain its freshness and freedom from bacterial decomposition for a longer period of time following catch. The preservation process further maintains the characteristics of day caught fish, such as taste, texture and color, making the refreshed fish products produced by the present system more appealing to consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventors: Blane E. Olson, Douglas B. Brinsmade
  • Publication number: 20040151812
    Abstract: This invention relates to a novel method for the storage, transport and packaging of perishables. More particularly, this invention pertains to a novel method to extend the freshness of foods, especially fresh cut produce (such as low acid fruit), by surrounding the food for a controlled time period with CO2 or other antimicrobial gas or vapor levels well in excess of the maximum levels widely accepted by those skilled in the art to be permanently damaging to the food's characteristic flavor, color, odor or texture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Applicant: Chiquita Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence D. Bell
  • Patent number: 6759070
    Abstract: The present invention includes a ready-to-use dough article that provides an expanded baked product, such as a roll, pizza dough or scone. The dough article comprises a substantially gas-impermeable container. The dough article also comprises a dough having a cellular network that is substantially free of an active leavening agent. The dough is disposed within the container. The dough article also comprises an inert gas that is disposed within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Venky Narayanaswamy, Linda R. Kreisman, James E. Langler, David W. Tobelmann, Vijay Sood
  • Patent number: 6749876
    Abstract: Packaged food articles of improved appearance and stackability are described such as a refrigerated active cultured dairy product. Each packaged food article comprises an unpressurized, imperforate container having an opening, wherein the container is fabricated from a material having a low gas permeability. A quantity of gas releasing food stuff, such as a live cultured dairy product, is disposed within and partially fills the container defining a headspace volume which is not filled with the food stuff. A peelable flexible seal membrane overlays and seals the opening. An initial headspace gas is enriched with the gas released from the food stuff, with the initial headspace gas being adapted to permeate the packaging material at a rate greater than both the rate in which gas is released from the food stuff within the container and the rate in which air permeates into the container, thereby avoiding outward bowing of the flexible seal during the shelf life of the packaged food article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: William E Archibald, Jonathan W. DeVries, Donald P. Messer, Ellen M. Silva
  • Patent number: 6740346
    Abstract: A system and method for packing agricultural produce including functionality for: providing a container having at least one communications aperture formed in a wall thereof; providing at least one flexible controlled permeability bag within the container; providing at least one bag aperture in the at least one flexible controlled permeability bag in general registration with the at least one communications aperture; sealing the produce inside the at least one flexible controlled permeability bag within the container, while leaving the at least one bag aperture and the at least one communications aperture open; providing atmosphere treatment within the at least one bag via the at least one bag aperture and the at least one communications aperture; and sealing at least one of the at least one bag aperture and the at least one communications aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Stepac L.A., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ariel Shapiro
  • Publication number: 20040071844
    Abstract: A meat processing method includes increasing the pH of a meat product and then applying an oxygen enriching material to the meat product. The pH of the meat product is preferably increased by applying an ammonia-based pH increasing material such as ammonia gas or ammonium hydroxide solution. The oxygen enriching material may comprise an atmosphere made up of a substantial fraction of oxygen gas. The pH increased and oxygen treated meat product may be packaged either in a chub-type package or a tray-type package for shipping to a retail outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Publication date: April 15, 2004
    Inventor: Eldon Roth
  • Publication number: 20040067288
    Abstract: A container comprises a substrate and a multi-layer film The substrate has a bottom wall and a continuous base wall in which the continuous base wall encompasses the bottom wall and extends upwardly therefrom. The substrate comprises at least one particulate mineral filler and polypropylene. The multi-layer film is attached to the substrate. The multi-layer film comprises at least a first layer and a second layer The first layer comprises a metallocene-catalyzed polyolefin The second layer comprises polypropylene. The substrate and the multi-layer film are made in the absence of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH), ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA), and ethylene methyl acrylate copolymer (EMA).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Wen P. Wu, Tapan Banerjee, Ute Honert, Gary D. Ennis, Mark A Erickson
  • Patent number: 6592919
    Abstract: A device or sachet (3) for maintaining or modifying the atmosphere in a package suitable for meat, beef, lamb, pork, etc. the device including at least two containing layers (4, 5), a moisture activated chemical substance (6) contained by the containing layers, and at least one absorbent layer (7). Moisture within the package is soaked up by the absorbing layer. The moisture is then transferred from the absorbing layer to permeate through a micro-porous layer (5) as water vapor and activate the chemicals. The gas produced by the chemicals then passes through the sachet and into the package's atmosphere. This modifies the atomosphere to ensure that there is an adequate quantity of CO2 for achieving the desired shelf life of the packaged food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Sealed Air (NZ) Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Ernest Matthews, Thomas Erick Snowball, Rod Darnett
  • Publication number: 20030091705
    Abstract: This invention relates to a novel process for preserving the quality of peeled ripe kiwifruit. More particularly, the invention pertains to a process for preserving the firmness, tissue integrity, bright green color and natural fresh, ripe kiwifruit flavor of peeled, whole, ripe kiwifruit and of peeled, cut, ripe kiwifruit pieces at refrigerated temperatures for prolonged storage periods. A process for preserving ripe kiwifruit or ripe kiwifruit pieces comprising: (a) treating whole, unpeeled, fresh, ripe, kiwifruit with nitrogen to inhibit quality deterioration of pericarp tissue of the ripe kiwifruit; (b) peeling the whole, unpeeled, fresh, ripe kiwifruit; and (c) packaging the peeled, whole kiwifruit or peeled kiwifruit cut into pieces in a modified atmosphere package containing an initial modified atmosphere of between 5% and 15% of oxygen and between 2 and 10% carbon dioxide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Perry Lidster, Miriam O'Donovan, Cheong Kit Leung, William D. Powrie