The nature of the food service environment creates prime opportunities for surfaces without built-in antimicrobial protection to be contaminated by environmental microbes from human contact and food residues. Consumption patterns, re-use of items for multiple purposes, soiling, moisture, human contact and non-adherence to cleaning and sanitizing procedures can further exacerbate these conditions.
For these reasons, regulatory measures continue to be a focus and facility managers, chefs, and others within the hospitality and food service industries are seeking out methods to keep the products and equipment they use cleaner between cleanings. There are a number of measures to consider when working to control the contamination of food contact surfaces, ranging from handwashing to further sanitization of surfaces after they are washed. However, there can be lapses in these processes and added measures of antimicrobial protection beyond the control of the facility manager, resulting in conditions that support microbial growth on food contact surfaces.
Built-In Microban Antimicrobial Technology
The addition of built-in Microban® antimicrobial technology to food service supplies and equipment is an important step in a systems approach to cleaner food service surfaces. Incorporated during the manufacturing process, Microban antimicrobial product protection helps to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product degradation. Microban patented silver-based antimicrobial solution is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for direct for contact, and can be incorporated into a variety of materials, including ceramics and polymers. Once incorporated, Microban antimicrobial technology will not wash off or wear away, and it continues working for the useful life of the product. The presence of this added layer of antimicrobial protection to support existing regulations, procedures and protocols is valuable as the industry works toward the goal of cleaner food service products and equipment.
Food Service Modernization Act
As standards for food service equipment and supplies continue to evolve, use of technology to meet or exceed protocols will be key, as evidenced by the recent enactment of the Food Service Modernization Act. Suppliers and manufacturers at various stages along the food service supply chain are taking advantage of the opportunity to make cleaner products through the incorporation of Microban antimicrobial technology.
To learn more about Microban antimicrobial technology for the food service industry, contact us today. To learn more about cleanliness challenges in the food service industry and how Microban antimicrobial technology can help, check out our “Reasons to Integrate Antimicrobials in Food Service Products and Equipment” white paper.