SureBeam Corp. will provide electronic pasteurization systems for two of Excel Corp.'s processing facilities.

SureBeam Corp., San Diego, signed an agreement with beef- and pork-producer Excel Corp., Minneapolis, to engineer, manufacture and install electronic pasteurization systems for two of Excel's processing facilities.

Similar to a microwave oven, the electronic pasteurization system uses electricity as its energy source to pasteurize food after it has been processed and packaged, helping eliminate the threat of food-borne bacteria without affecting quality. The system can be configured to complement existing food processing systems. The technology can simultaneously process products differing in size, type and density. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the process provides an additional layer of protection from food-borne bacteria.

SureBeam plans to incorporate and install its technology directly into Excel's existing meat processing facilities. Once installed and operational, SureBeam will continue to own and operate the equipment, charging Excel a processing fee on a per-pound basis.

"Excel is committed to using the best tools to deliver food safety to our customers and consumers," said Bill Rupp, executive vice president, North American beef business unit. "We believe the SureBeam electronic pasteurization system is a proven method to do that."