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Europe: New service on evaluating the effectiveness of surface decontamination

Campden BRI has launched a new service to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative biocides in the microbial decontamination of food contact services.

The organization will simulate real-life scenarios in their microbiology process hall to test the effectiveness of biocide alternatives in the decontamination of equipment and food surfaces from pathogenic and other microorganisms.

Matrices such as food debris, fat, oil and grease can be applied to surfaces to enable decontamination in real-life scenarios to be simulated and tested – generating meaningful quantitative data.

Equipment and product manufacturers can also get their equipment individually assessed at the facility.

The new service has been launched in response to the need for food manufacturers to reduce the use of biocides.

This follows the lowering of the maximum residue levels of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds used for disinfectant purposes in all foods from 0.5mg/kg to 0.1mg/kg by the European Commission in August 2015.