sanitiser to boost food hygiene standards
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By Mike Stones, 22-May-2009
A new water-based surface and
utensil sanitiser promises to provide UK food and drink processors with a
highly effective, safe, low cost and environmentally-friendly means of
maintaining secure hygiene standards, claims its manufacturer Radical.
The Radical Water System uses naturally
occurring biocides, generated by oxidation, to combat the harmful
micro-organisms that can cause salmonella, listeria, e-coli and other
common food hygiene related illnesses, says the company. It is effective
against bacteria, viruses, yeasts and moulds and works by running a
powerful electric current through water to create unstable molecules of
oxygen. These are said to collide with micro-organisms killing them on
Since the system kills by collision, the
micro-organisms cannot develop a resistance which can be a risk with
such as chlorine.
Mark Fielding, Radical’s managing director said:
“In response to the ever-increasing demands placed upon the food
industry, we have developed our revolutionary technology to create an
unrivalled sanitising system. The Radical Water System is not only
extremely effective in providing a long-term guard against unwanted
micro-organisms, it does so in a way which keeps costs down for the
manufacturer whilst at the same time being safe and
Field trials and tests with Campden and
Chorleywood Food Research Association have proved the effectiveness of
the system in delivering immediate sanitisation and that regular use over
time reduces harmful background micro-organisms, ensuring a consistently
safe and hygienic environment, he added.
In using only naturally occurring substances
which do not impact on the environment, the Radical Water System
dispenses with the need for chemicals. The ozonated water created by the
process is safe to handle, leaves no taints or residues, and breaks down
after use into water and oxygen, claimed the company.
It is also said to involve less downtime than
chemical-based sanitisers resulting in improved production efficiencies.
Unlike chemical sanitisers, there are no hazardous substances involved
and therefore no COSHH requirements.
The system can be incorporated into the
manufacturer’s existing infrastructure and requires only water and
electricity to operate. Low running costs helps the Radical Water System
generate cost savings after just six to 12 months, claimed the company.