During manufacture, food can be exposed to microbiological cross-contamination from surfaces and air which may give rise to food spoilage and safety issues. Therefore, ensuring that factories are cleaned and disinfected effectively is a fundamental prerequisite in the production of safe and wholesome foods. Automated airborne disinfection of whole rooms is a method that is being increasingly used in the food industry to control cross contamination from microbial aerosols.
Leading microbiological testing firm, MSL Solution Providers, is proud to add the EN 17272 test to its roster of services, making it the UK’s only commercial testing company currently offering this in-house. Companies can now have their automated airborne systems, more commonly known as ‘automatic fogging machines’, tested in its brand new purpose-built lab. This building has been specially commissioned for this process and is equipped for both whole rooms and small enclosure testing.
Prior to October 2020, regulators have required efficacy data produced using the French standard NFT 72-281. However, the new European standard EN 17272 has replaced this, so manufacturers now need to have their systems re-tested to ensure compliance.
This standard determines the disinfectant activity of processes used in the food, medical, veterinary, industrial, domestic, and institutional areas, using automated processes for distributing chemicals by air diffusion with no operator manually applying the disinfectant. This includes the disinfection of nonporous surfaces but not that of the air.
Carolyn Burney, Operations Director – Technical Projects at MSL Solution Providers, comments, ‘While automatic fogging machines are not new, they have risen to prominence during the pandemic, because they are able to sanitise large internal spaces, common touch surfaces, and hard-to reach areas effectively. They are also becoming more popular in the food industry, because of the strict hygiene that is needed to control contamination in these settings.
‘Our new service offers food companies the opportunity to have their automated airborne systems independently validated in the UK, saving the stress and expense of getting them to mainland Europe, especially pertinent in light of the current challenges prompted by both coronavirus and Brexit.’
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