In partnership with commercial refrigeration industry leader, Hussmann, the research and development team at Microban® developed a breakthrough technology with real-world benefits.
The foodservice industry continues to be a focus for development of innovations and manufacturing process improvements that ultimately help deliver a cleaner foodservice experience for consumers. In partnership with commercial refrigeration industry leader, Hussmann, the research and development team at Microban® developed a breakthrough technology with real-world benefits.
Food recalls represent high health and economic costs. Food Safety News reports the latest estimates from the Department of Agriculture suggest that foodborne illnesses cost the U.S. $15.5 billion each year. $1.7 million of that can be account for from Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterial pathogen that causes expensive food recalls, hospitalizations and even death. One of the key differences between Listeria and other foodborne bacteria is that it thrives at typical refrigerator temperatures which are about 4°C.
Hussmann is a part of Ingersoll Rand's Climate Solutions sector, which provides equipment and services to manage controlled-temperature environments for food and other temperature sensitive products. In working through a solution to the challenging problem of Listeria growth in refrigerated environments, Hussmann and Microban joined in partnership to develop the industry’s first coating with antimicrobial technology used for their display shelves and wire racks, and door handles infused with built-in antimicrobial protection. The incorporation Microban Silvershield technology into the display components, the growth of Listeria is inhibited, even at extremely low temperatures. Organism reductions exceeding 99.7% in 24 hours were obtained when comparing SilverShield-treated shelving samples with untreated samples.