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Did you miss the Biofilm Summit 2020? Here’s a recap…

Biofilms form the largest activity center on the planet. Contamination, fouling and energy loss from biofilms is costing the food industry billions in world GDP, while claiming the lives of millions worldwide. Recently we had the pleasure of attending the Barcelona Biofilm Summit 2020 held online. It was extremely interesting and informative, and for those […]

Biofilms, General Hygiene

Zero tolerance for Listeria means zero tolerance for biofilms!

Anyone working in the food processing industry will know how a biofilm left undetected and untreated can cause havoc. Outbreaks of Listeriosis and other large scale contaminations start with biofilm-forming bacteria. Listeria are amongst the most enthusiastic of these biofilm formers. Listeria monocytogenes, is a food bourne pathogen responsible for the Listeriosis illness. It is […]

Biofilms

Ozone gets the thumbs up for neutralizing Coronavirus

As per the article we came across in Reuters TOKYO: “Japanese researchers said on Wednesday that low concentrations of ozone can neutralise coronavirus particles, potentially providing a way for hospitals to disinfect examination rooms and waiting areas.” Read the full article here. And we have just the machine for this – JIMCO’s MAC500 Air Purifier. […]

Disinfection, General Hygiene, UV-C & Ozone

How to fight biofilms in pipes and tanks

Did you know that most bacteria in pipes and tanks live in biofilms and not free in the water? And, while free floating bacteria is easy to remove, biofilms are not. Unfortunately pipes and tanks make an ideal environment for pathogenic and spoilage bacteria to thrive in biofilm. This is where you may find some […]

Biofilms

Choosing the right disinfectant for Dentists

We know Dentists have to make a lot of choices. During each procedure they choose the equipment, tools and the right products to use. Long before this, they choose what products to keep on hand for all possible scenarios. More choices are made for cleaning, sterilising and disinfection. While we can’t take away all these […]

Disinfection, General Hygiene

What to do if you find biofilms on open surfaces in your factory?

Biofilms are nature’s way of surviving environmental stressors. In nature that’s a good thing, but in your food processing facility it’s a bad thing. Biofilms can harbour mixed-species of microorganisms, from pathogenic bacteria to spoilage bacteria, yeast and mould. So, if you’re battling persistent random spikes in your microbial counts, consider the fact that you […]

Biofilms

Fogging with HOCl makes your workspace safer

Sharing a workspace with others doesn’t need to make you uneasy if you’re following good hygiene practices. You’re wearing a mask. You have hand sanitizer within reach. And, you have a spray bottle of on-the-go disinfectant for those high-touch zones. But, after a long and busy day you may lose track of who touched what […]

Disinfection, General Hygiene

How do you know if you have Biofilms in your CIP lines?

The mere mention of biofilms is enough to make any microbiologist in a food factory panic. This panic is not unfounded. The threat of biofilms growing in closed processing environments is real, and the resulting microbial outbreaks can cause untold damage in the food, beverage and medical industries. Why are biofilms in pipelines and machinery […]

Biofilms

HOCl, Eco-Lyte and Coronavirus – can we really curb the spread?

Covid-19 has set the world’s small business entrepreneurs on fire. Just as they were running out of problems to solve, along came a pandemic and the world of disinfection blazed into the spotlight. Almost overnight shiny new websites sprang up selling all things disinfectant. Problem solved!…? As the competition grew so did the advertising and […]

Disinfection, General Hygiene

Dear QAs of the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries

Is your CIP or water supply line clean? This 5-minute test will confirm. In a previous article (Random microbial spikes? You may have a biofilm) we discussed the need for finding and eliminating biofilms on open surfaces. But, what if they are not on the surface? What if they are creeping into your closed systems […]

Biofilms
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