The concern over consuming contaminated food is a frequent worry among customers at restaurants, as many have gained a heightened awareness of Food borne illnesses.
79 million cases of Food borne illness in North America cost the Healthcare system $3.3 billion per year and a major source of these illnesses come from the floors of restaurants and food processing facilitation. Floors are a constant source of cross- contamination as they are moist, contain microorganisms that can survive a long time, they have high foot and vehicle traffic, food is often on them and people average 50 hand contacts per day.
Although parents know that there is nothing on this planet dirtier than a kindergartener, many common everyday items are covered with dirt and germs. Some of these items will be very obvious, like toilet seats, but others may surprise you. Common items that you encounter daily such as doorknobs, touch screens, shopping carts, gas pump handles and playground equipment are some of the dirtiest surfaces you will ever confront. Contact with these public surfaces are unavoidable and no one is willing to invest in the human resources and chemical cleaners needed to decontaminate these public surfaces. Cleanliness may be next to godliness but, despite our good intentions, many surfaces remain filthy and are constant sources of contamination.
A London firm is making cleaning as easy as turning on a light.
Sunwash Technologies has developed an additive for plastic coatings or paints to create a self-cleaning polymer surface for counters and floors.
The self-cleaning surface helps break down biological pollutants, oils, natural toxins, pesticides and other organic material when exposed to oxygen and light.
The material is being tested in food-processing plants in the London area.
“We think there’s a huge potential. Even though we have not marketed the product we have already had companies contact us,” said Dan Jenken, a Sunwash co-founder.
Jenken said the coating doesn’t replace normal cleaning but makes it easier and more effective. The self-cleaning surfaces are more environmentally friendly, reducing the need for harsh, toxic cleaning products.
The coatings don’t degrade or wear out after years of use. The stronger the light, the more effective the cleaning process.
Sunwash was born out of a public-private partnership.