CINCINNATI, OHIO — HealthPro Brands, Inc., and Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY), today announced that Elanco is the global animal-protein development partner for HealthPro Brands' antimicrobial food wash. Elanco will manage the development through its new food-safety business platform, Elanco Food Solutions, and will commercialize several formulations for the meat and poultry industries.
HealthPro Brands currently markets an antimicrobial formulation under the FIT® brand for the produce industry, and it also sells a fruit and vegetable wash for consumer use at home. The company has partnered with the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety to develop a new and improved formulation for restaurants, grocers, beverage manufacturers and food-processing facilities, which is the formulation sold to Elanco.
"We are very pleased to establish a partnership with Elanco Food Solutions," said Todd Wichmann, president and CEO of HealthPro Brands. "Elanco already has relationships with beef and poultry packers and processors and is working with them to implement pre- and post-harvest food-safety interventions. They are committed to bringing science-based food-safety technologies to their customers and this product is an excellent addition to their line-up."
"This antimicrobial food wash is expected to reduce E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter pathogens in animal-protein processing facilities," said K. Douglas Miller, PhD, director of Elanco Food Solutions. "Elanco plans to co-develop additional formulations based on HealthPro Brands' proprietary and patented technology. We also will conduct efficacy trials specifically for our meat and poultry customers while ensuring the product does not affect the nutritional, health or flavor properties of the treated food products.
"When Elanco Food Solutions launched earlier this year, we committed to delivering multiple food-safety technologies for the animal-protein packing and processing industry," added Miller. "Because there is no 'silver bullet' solution, we know a comprehensive, integrated line of food-safety interventions will help the food chain meet the growing demand for safe, wholesome and affordable beef, poultry and pork products for consumers."