As the UK begins to gradually open back up, Alison Clark, Progiene Business Unit Manager is urging members of the agricultural and food production sectors to ensure sanitising practices are being conducted with due diligence and with products that are fit for purpose.
“Whether it be regularly wiping down a shared tractor cab between different members of staff or keeping surfaces clean in farm shops, garden centres and merchant stores, precautions must be taken to prevent potential exposure to the novel coronavirus,” says Ms Clark.
When it comes to selecting sanitising spray, it must be efficacy tested and conform to EN 14476, a test which verifies the product will kill 99.99% of enveloped viruses such as the novel coronavirus. According to Ms Clark, this verification can be found on cleaning product labels.
“There is a lot of confusion in the marketplace with people purchasing products with the best of intentions. A good example is a bottle of leading household Surface Cleanser – capable of killing bacteria and seemingly a good option. However, it is not verified as capable of killing viruses,” explains Ms Clark. “Before making a product purchase, check that it is EN 14476 verified, and if it is not, then don’t waste your money on it. The novel coronavirus is an enveloped virus; therefore products must be able to penetrate its lipid structure to kill it and EN 14476 ensures the product can do this.”
For areas that need to be sanitised in feed and food production facilities, such as milking parlours, vegetable boxes or butcher counters, sanitising products must be free of QAC (quaternary ammonium compounds) to avoid contaminating food supply through residual build-ups. While alcohol and bleach have been proven to be effective at killing enveloped viruses and are safe for food production, they are very harmful to stainless steel and textiles and have substantial hazardous profiles. Instead, Ms Clark advises the use of a product like Puraclean Surface Sanitising Spray which is free from QACs, bleach, alcohol and formalin.
“Puraclean Surface Sanitising Spray has a very robust microbiological profile. Not only has it been EN 144476 verified to kill viruses, but it is also certified to kill other harmful pathogens like bacteria and yeast,” she says. “Along with being an effective rinse-free cleaning product, it is also non-flammable and non-hazardous, making it safe for transport. All of this combined makes it a great multi-purpose surface cleaner to help protect workers in any facility while thoroughly sanitising against a wide range of pathogens.”
Available in 500ml trigger spray bottles, Puraclean Surface Sanitising Spray is also available in 5l, 25l and 1,000l packs that can be used to refill the trigger sprays.