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Food Processing and Innovation Center PPE Decontamination

COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, has overloaded hospitals and created an increased need for personal protection equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, face shields, gloves, aprons and disposable lab coats. As these shortages loom the ability to reuse these materials and develop more becomes increasingly more valuable.

The MSU Extension Food Processing Innovation Center (FPIC), a project of the MSU Product Center, is beginning to develop protocols that can be used to sterilize and decontaminate PPE using their food production capabilities. The FPIC is a multi-functional processing plant that gives food manufacturers an opportunity to test small-scale runs of new products before retooling larger plants.

On April 1, 2020 FPIC began using their Marlen Spiral Oven to decontaminate N95 masks. After being labelled by healthcare workers, masks are transported to FPIC where they are baked in the oven. They are then sealed in individual bags and left to further decontaminate for three days before being returned to the original user. 

Your Support Will Make a Difference

You can join MSU and help make a difference in the fight against COVID-19. The immediate need is for close to $250,000 but in total the full project will cost $1.25 million. Your donation will help FPIC expand their efforts as they spearhead these innovative new methods and protocols. Most critical at this time is support for manufacturing equipment, personal protection equipment for employees, materials, logistics and shipping costs of biohazard waste materials, technological upgrades, and costs related to operationalizing production lines for new procedures. Funding will also allow for hiring 24/7 production staff and support for MSU Extension educators to train others around the country who wish to adopt this protocol

These efforts will ensure Sparrow Hospital, McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital and the MSU Health Team have disease-free, clean PPE for all personnel daily. Once it is proven to work in the Lansing-area, companies across the globe can use the processes to decontaminate PPE and create sanitizer.

We’d like to thank the Consumers Energy Foundation, Delta Dental, and David Howard for making generous lead gifts to provide critical funding for this project.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 20OOPCF1FPICPPE” in the note section.