Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 8th June 2023 Issue no. 1068
Your industry news - first
The original and best - for over 20 years!
We strongly recommend viewing Cleanzine full size in your web browser. Click our masthead above to visit our website version.
Critical surfaces made safer
Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases - ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Every year an estimated 600 million people fall ill from contaminated food, resulting in 420,000 deaths and $110b in productivity lost.
The short efficiency period of traditional sanitisers (such as chlorine) used on food production surfaces is a major weakness in the food sanitisation process, as the sanitisers regularly need to be reapplied to the contaminated surfaces.
A breakthrough technology developed by Israeli start-up Bio-Fence, both improves the efficiency of traditional sanitisers used for hygiene processes and vastly prolongs their life - potentially saving thousands of lives and food companies millions of dollars each year.
The technology acts as a top-coat layer on surfaces; when the surface is sanitised with a traditional agent (for example, chlorine), Bio-Fence polymers within the top-coat extend the chlorine's sanitisation activity from minutes to hours, days and even months and improve its efficiency to over 99.9999%. This means surfaces stay far better sanitised, and for much longer - reducing risk and the regularity with which surfaces need to be treated.
The technology can also be implemented in industries and products ranging from aviation, tourism, plastics, house care, touch screens, paints, and the sharing economy to ensure that surfaces are 99.9999% safe to touch without risk of contamination - a potential game-changer for many industries in a post-Covid world. Because the technology is not a new sanitisation substance in itself, but rather prolongs the efficacy of existing sanitisation substances, it does not require new regulatory approval.
17th June 2021