Poultry Processing

Ozone and Poultry

Poultry processors are constantly looking for more effective ways to keep birds, facilities, and equipment clean and free from dangerous bacterial contamination. With an ever-growing variety of poultry products and global consumer demand, microbial disinfection is essential for consumer safety. In a report published by the NIH, it states that FAO (2006), poultry meat consumption accounts for approximately 31% of global meat consumption. However, poultry meats are highly perishable due to bacterial contamination (Hong et al., 2007), and in the worst case scenario, the contamination can cause severe food poisoning.

With ozone’s ability to be used in gaseous and aqueous applications, and at most steps in poultry lifecycle and processing, it provides distinctive advantages over other disinfectants for poultry producers. Ozone is ideal for use in:


  • Incubator sanitization (aqueous and gaseous)
  • Maintaining chick health (gaseous - low concentration)


Feed Mills

  • Treatment of feed ingredients (gaseous)


Grow Out

  • Water line sanitization (aqueous)
  • Enhanced broiler health and performance throughout grow cycle (gaseous - low concentration)
  • House sanitization (gaseous)
Scientific Publications
Effect of Different Disinfectants on Bacterial Aerosol Diversity in Poultry Houses



First Processing

  • Cleaning Shackle line after pluck (aqueous, see picture at the top)
  • Disinfection in spiral freezer (gaseous)
  • Degas and reduce/eliminate bacteria growth in offal trailers (gaseous)
  • Cleaning wastewater (aqueous)
  • CIP (aqueous)
Scientific Publications
Aqueous Ozone
The Addition of ViriditecTM Aqueous Ozone to Peracetic Acid as an Antimicrobial Spray Increases Air Quality While Maintaining Salmonella Typhimurium, Non-pathogenic Escherichia coli, and Campylobacter jejuni Reduction on Whole Carcasses


Second Processing

  • Equipment Sanitization (aqueous)
  • Utensil sanitization (aqueous)
  • Tote sanitization (aqueous)
  • Wastewater treatment (aqueous) 
Scientific Publications
Aqueous Ozone
Antimicrobial Efficacy of Aqueous Ozone and Ozone–Lactic Acid Blend on Salmonella-Contaminated Chicken Drumsticks Using Multiple Sequential Soaking and Spraying Approaches


 usda.png Is ozone safe for food?

Ozone is the safest, most effective way to eliminate foodborne microorganisms that affect poultry. Ozone is 3000 times more germicidal than chlorine. It is also effective against a wider range of pathogens, providing safer food that will have a longer shelf-life. While it has long been used for commercial deodorization and the disinfection of drinking water, ozone was given GRAS approval by the FDA and the USDA in 2001. This GRAS approval allows the use of ozone for direct contact with food as an antimicrobial intervention. It is also approved by the EPA, National Organic program, and OSHA.

Using ozonated water to treat poultry in the first and second process defends against salmonella, campylobacter, Escherichia coli 0157::H7 STEC’s, and listeria on products and equipment and kills odor-causing contaminants found in poultry processing. And unlike peracetic acid or chlorine, ozone disinfects without adding chemicals to the food, food processing water, or atmosphere in which food is stored. After oxidation, ozone reverts back to oxygen. It is environmentally friendly, leaving no harmful chemical residuals which can alter the taste of the poultry or cause added environmental concerns in the wastewater.

Are there other benefits for poultry sanitation?

Beyond providing disinfection of a wide range of bacteria and virus contamination, and leaving no harmful chemical residue, there are other benefits of using ozone in poultry processing:

  • Ozone reduces overall cleaning time
  • Ozone water treatment reduces BOD/COD in wastewater
  • Ozone Improves water and energy efficiency
  • Ozone lowers costs in waste disposal
  • Ozone is more cost-effective long-term when compared to ongoing chemical costs
  • Ozone eliminates the storage requirements and logistical uncertainty of chemicals
  • Ozone leaves no chemical residue requiring final rinse

Ozone Solutions and poultry

Ozone Solutions' industry-leading technology is particularly suited for the poultry industry. Our extensive line of ozone generators address bacterial contamination at each stage of processing. From products to eliminate odor and airborne contaminants (Airzone), to aqueous ozone generators for various environments (Waterzone SeriesWaterzone SE SeriesWaterzone IS Series), and combination aqueous/gaseous units (Dualzone) we offer products in numerous configurations.

We also understand that no two poultry operations are the same. Our design and consultancy services enable you to tailor a system to your specifications. From evaluation of your current system, to assuring accurate sizing, to installation oversight, our engineering and design team can help you at any stage of the project. Contact us today with questions.