SOURCE: Aquentium Inc.

October 09, 2007 09:45 ET

Aquentium Supports USDA Decision on E. Coli Vaccine

PALM SPRINGS, CA--(Marketwire - October 9, 2007) - Aquentium, Inc. (OTCBB: AQNM), a diversified holding company that is dedicated to improving food safety standards worldwide, announced today that the company is in strong support of the USDA's recent decision to deny licensure of an E. coli O157:H7 cattle vaccine by a biopharmaceutical company.

A Canadian biopharmaceutical company was recently denied approval by the USDA to license their E. coli O157:H7 cattle vaccine. "E. coli is a processing plant issue, not an animal issue," stated Aquentium President Mark Taggatz.

The setback for the vaccine comes at a time of intense public and industry scrutiny over E. coli testing and management. This past Friday, Elizabeth, N.J.-based Topps Meat Co. announced that it was shutting its doors in the wake of one of the largest ground beef recalls in history.

The USDA indicated that the field-use data submitted in support of the vaccine was not sufficient for licensure. The vaccine purportedly works by preventing the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria from attaching to the intestines of cattle, thus reducing the reproduction of the bacteria within the animal. Over the past five years, more than 30,000 cattle have been involved in clinical testing of the vaccine.

Aquentium offers an ozone technology that allows beef, pork, poultry, and produce processing plants throughout the world the ability to reduce or eliminate E. coli 0157:H7 and other bacteria and viruses.

"Our ozone equipment and systems provide an all natural solution for plant sanitation and processing," added Taggatz. "In light of continued outbreaks of food-borne illness and more recent food security concerns in the United States and internationally, as well as questions about the relative safety of chlorine, ozone is certainly a desirable solution for enhancing not only the safety but also the quality of the world food supply."

Traditionally, food-processing plants have used chemicals to sanitize their plant operations and / or they use chemicals on food in hopes of removing bacteria and viruses.

Compared to chlorine, ozone offers several advantages for food and beverage processors or anyone who wants to sanitize materials or surfaces. Chlorine has traditionally been the sanitizer of choice in the food processing industry, but experts share a growing concern about the dangerous byproducts such as trihalomethanes or dioxins produced when chlorine reacts with organic matter in the water. These substances are known carcinogens and are regulated in drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To better quantify the impact of food borne diseases on health in the United States, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia compiled and analyzed information from multiple surveillance systems and other sources. It is estimated that food borne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. Based on the most recent FoodNet data, about 52,000 cases of E. coli 0157 illnesses were expected in 2006.

About Aquentium

Aquentium is a diversified publicly traded company with interests in:

1.   low income, emergency, and re-deployable housing
2.   mining
3.   food safety
4.   building materials & construction
5.   recycling
6.   sanitation
7.   water treatment
8.   alternative energy
9.   entertainment
10.  ozone technology

Note: Certain statements in this news release may contain "forward-looking" information within the meaning of rule 175 under the Securities Act of 1933 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe harbor created by those rules. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements.

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