As COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) cases in the UK are increasing and further research into the virus is conducted, evidence is emerging that infectivity on hard surfaces can remain for up to several days in the right conditions.
Currently there have not been any specific tests against formulated products with regard to COVID-19, however research published in Medical News Today has indicated that an oxidising disinfectant is the most effective. The research demonstrates that a solution of Hypochlorite, Peracetic Acid (PAA) or Hydrogen Peroxide are particularly effective, as these solutions are greater than 60% alcohol.
Use of a hydrogen peroxide solution such as HuwaSan TR3 has proven viricial efficacy against encapsulated viruses, bacterial and fungicidal activity. Uniquely stabilised with ionic-silver, the solution is available in a ready-to-use trigger-spray format.
As it requires no rinsing, the product can also be used prior to the processing of organic approved products and no PPE is required. With a shelf life of up to two years, it can be kept on hand ready for any unexpected contamination.
“In order to assist our customers, predominantly food and beverage manufacturers, in procedures regarding hard-surface cleaning and disinfection, we are ensuring that our team are on hand to offer product advice and suggestions,” said Peter Littleton, Technical Director at Christeyns Food Hygiene.
Christeyns Food Hygiene personnel can assist its customers with the implementation of any necessary controls, a risk assessment with regard to the use of chemicals needs to be carried out as a site responsibility, as normal. The rigorous reinforcement of personal hygiene standards is of the upmost importance, in particular the regular washing of hands using warm water and a good quality soap and where hand-washing facilities are not available then the application of an alcohol-based hand disinfectant is recommended.
Information and search results pertaining to COVID-19 is continuing to evolve.
Christeyns Food Hygiene will continue to monitor developments and will issue further guidance to its customers should the situation change, or new technologies become available.