FASC process may be effective in treating avian flu-infected poultry wastesRecent tests of a waste processing technology developed by First American Scientific Corporation (FASC) suggest that it may help British Columbia combat the outbreak of avian flu virus in that province.
FASC recently reported results from independent laboratories demonstrating the effectiveness of the company's proprietary KDS technology in removing bacterial pathogens from raw chicken manure and from human waste.
One report stated that levels of E coli which had been found present in raw chicken manure before processing in the KDS Micronex were undectable following treatment. The same report also indicated that 99% of the total fecal coliforms were removed by the KDS process. Another laboratory report said no salmonella was detectable in the poultry manure or human waste samples processed by the KDS Micronex.
"These independently conducted tests clearly indicate that the KDS technology is effective in treating and removing pathogens from animal and human waste," stated FASC president Brian Nichols, adding that "this opens opportunities for First American Scientific Corp. to work with municipal sewage and waste management authorities on solving poultry waste issues including the recent outbreak of the avian flu virus in British Columbia, Canada."
While the tests were not conducted on manures confirmed to be infected with the avian flu virus, Dr Sundar Narayan, chief scientist and vice-president of research for FASC, said "our lab tests were performed on raw chicken manure taken from the infected area prior to the outbreak. After processing, these samples were pathogen-free. It is very likely that the same forces present in the KDS's processor will also destroy the protein structure of the virus and its DNA."
FASC chairman Cal Kantonen observed that "the application of KDS technology to animal and human waste problems represents a multimillion dollar opportunity for the company in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico and other countries."
The company manufactures and sells its patented KDS Micronex system, originally developed to reduce mineral rock to a fine dry powder suitable for a number of industrial purposes. The technology has also been adapted to the drying and micronizing of biomass, agri-waste, and pulp sludges suitable for burning in specialized dust burning systems. In addition to destroying pathogens, FASC's process yields, as a final byproduct, a clean combustible fuel that can be recycled as a source of energy.