PURE Bioscience Announces Partnership with iGPS Logistics

Enters New Food Transport Sanitization Market With PURE® Hard Surface-Based Solution

IGPS plastic pallet display seen at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, September 2017. The largest U.S. plastic pallet rental provider now offers sanitized pallets.

PURE Bioscience, Inc., creator of the patented, non-toxic silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial, has signed an agreement with, and received an initial order from, iGPS Logistics, the leading plastic pallet pooling service provider in North America. PURE® Hard Surface disinfectant will be used as a new, more effective, time-efficient sanitization solution.

In PURE’s proprietary solution, EPA registered PURE Hard Surface will be mist-spray applied to the surfaces of plastic pallets inside a trailer to quickly eliminate microorganisms, preventing cross contamination. Test results demonstrated rapid efficacy (consistently over 96% reduction in bacteria counts), coupled with a highly favorable safety profile.

“The testing results from this new process on our plastic pallets are truly extraordinary,” said Jeff Liebesman, CEO of iGPS Logistics. “Through our partnership, we can now offer customers a level of hygiene and peace of mind far beyond all industry standards or current capabilities. We look forward to a blossoming partnership with PURE Bioscience.”

The newly developed PURE pallet sanitization solution helps food transportation operations to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement that transport equipment be sanitized to prevent food contamination. The use of plastic pallets continues to expand in the food industry and they are increasingly required by leading processors and retailers. Pallet sanitization is becoming a critical component of any food safety plan to prevent cross-contamination.

This initial sale supports start-up operations in five of 15 iGPS pallet pooling centers. PURE expects follow-on orders, as well as rollout to the balance of the iGPS system, in the coming months.

Hank R. Lambert, Chief Executive Officer of PURE Bioscience, Inc., said, “Our agreement to provide iGPS with our new food transport sanitization solution marks PURE’s entry into a new $50M+ US food transportation sanitization market. iGPS is a blue chip customer and we are proud to be partnered with an industry leader, clearly dedicated to innovative, world-class supply chain and food safety solutions.”

Unique Pallet Sanitization Solution

  • Quickly kills germs including Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli
  • Rapid application reduces downtime
  • EPA registered, no rinse required – food contact surface sanitizer and disinfectant
  • Odorless and non-irritating
  • Ready-to-use; offers 24-hour residual protection

 In September, iGPS Logistics announced that it now offers the capability to deliver direct food contact level safety for its pallet customers. The revolutionary method applies a food contact surface sanitizer to iGPS plastic pallets, reducing contaminants by an average of 96%.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires transport equipment, such as pallets, to be cleaned and sanitized to prevent food from becoming contaminated. Industry experts have stated that 5,000 – 10,000 CFU (colony-forming unit of Aerobic Plate Count bacteria) per sampling swab are acceptable levels of sanitization for pallets. Testing on the sanitized iGPS plastic pallets showed consistently at less than half these minimum acceptable levels.

“This sanitization process is the latest step in bringing our clients the best possible products, solutions and services that focus on Food Safety and Hygiene, that maximize cost savings,” said Jeff Liebesman, CEO of iGPS Logistics. “The testing results of the new process are truly extraordinary – iGPS now offers customers a level of cleanliness beyond industry standards or current capabilities.”

According to Liebesman, iGPS offers sanitized pallets as well as washed pallets as upgrades from its basic rental service. It also provides trailer washing for companies picking up pallets at one of its 15 locations.



  1. All of the press reports published by Packaging Revolution about smart pallets include a descriptive term such as “industry first”. The most recent example is in reference to the partnership of CalAmp and Pallet Alliance. Such press reports are offensive to people and companies that have used the same terms to describe their products in earlier press releases. What people like CalAmp and Pallet Alliance do not know is that, for example, iGPS issued a press release in Packaging Revolution on June 10, 2010, to announce the Spider Asset Tag. This battery powered device had a 2-3G chip set and WiFi /Zigbee radios supplied by Numerex. Zigbee is equivalent to today’s BT ver. 5 for forming adhoc mesh networks. It has all been done in the past, and what CalAmp and Pallet Alliance are describing as industry firsts is absurd.
    This I think reflects badly on the publishers of Packaging Revolution. Press Releases should be vetted and scrutinized by the editors, and the subject of editorial comment.
    The publishers should step the discussion up. As the industry transforms along with the IoT, tremendous amounts of data will be generated. Is Chep, as the elephant in the room, going to create a closed IoT pallet interface/network advantage? Or, are every one’s pallets going to be able to communicate through a single platform? Chep is quietly securing a proprietary position, while the industry on a whole is disorganized, experimental or flawed.
    Electronic accounting data already exceeds the +/- $7.30 rental cost of a pallet in connection with supply chain distribution costs of any group of products shipped on a pallet. Pallet data from hundreds of millions of pallet trips is powerful. The smart pallet recycling industry should promote an open source and encourage the FMCG industry to demand a uniform code so that Cloud, AI and Block Chain can be applied to every smart pallet in the global supply chain. The alternative is struggling against Chep’s network advantage.
    At some point, the industry will have to segment into a one-time use random size wood pallet industry and into a multi-use, 100 percent recyclable resource industry, in order to improve the sustainability of global commerce. There are two types of pallet…. wood pallets and non-wood pallets. Non-wood pallets are more sustainable/long lived than wood pallets and require a separate classification, as demand for applicable information about pooled smart pallets grows.
    The recently published White Paper does not address the address the question of who will own or have control of pallet data. If the industry does not organize companies like Amazon or Alibaba will step in rationalize this disparate volume of product data stored on their Cloud platforms.

    Thank for the opportunity to speak my mind.

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