August 24, 2007 The World Health Organisation estimates that there are 76 million cases of food caused illness every year in the United States. Aimed at making food preparation safer, the CulinaryPrep kitchen appliance claims to remove up to 99.5% of bacteria, including Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli - three strains categorised by the WHO as major food-borne diseases.
The US$399.95 appliance is based on a patented Grovac process, which has been verified by many independent researchers since its inception in the early 1990s.
According to Creative Culinary Solutions, the manufacturers and distributors of CulinaryPrep, over 60% of Americans don’t believe their food supply is as safe as it was in the past. Interestingly enough though, the Grovac process wasn’t developed as a response to the hygiene of food but rather its tang. Bill Grovac designed early versions of the CulinaryPrep to rid catfish of their “muddy taste” – but subsequent studies at Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, and Whitbeck and Warren Analytical Laboratories demonstrated that it also rids food of unwanted bacteria. The CulinaryPrep method involves placing the food in a vacuum drum and mixing it with a natural solution containing salt, vitamin C or citric acid, and water. The process takes only minutes, yet it increases the shelf life, sanitation, and even the flavor, of food.
Jim Hime, CEO of Grovac Systems, commented that "barely a week goes by without a food safety scare hitting the headlines. We strongly believe in giving Americans the ability to protect themselves against unforeseen dangers. The Grovac process provides this, and this is why we believe CulinaryPrep will be extremely popular for the peace of mind it gives. Now parents can be absolutely sure that the food they serve their children is free from dangerous impurities."