What springs to mind when you think of food poisoning? Food poisoning is often thought to be the result of poor cooking and hygiene practices. However, unhygienic packaging can be the first step in contaminating food such as meat and fish.
In a recent study from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences in the U.S., it was suggested that a novel composite film created by bonding an antimicrobial layer to conventional, clear polyethylene plastic typically used to vacuum-package foods, could help decrease foodborne illness outbreaks. Future research by the college will evaluate how the composite antimicrobial film affects the shelf life of food products.
Based on the magnitude of this issue, BioCote® scientists have worked with a food transportation crate manufacturer to show the effect of BioCote® antimicrobial technology on food transportation to make it more hygienically safe. With many bacteria to cause food poisoning, we focused on one of the main culprits: Campylobacter.
Case Study: Campylobacter in Poultry Transportation
The aim of introducing BioCote® silver ion antimicrobial technology into the manufacture of transportation crates was to reduce the number of Campylobacter on the treated crates being transported around the poultry rearing and processing system. The aim was to limit the potential of the ongoing transmission.
In our study, we tested 10 normal crates and 10 BioCote® treated crates. We swabbed both sets of crates at key stages of the decontamination process: pre-wash, post-wash, immediately after sanitisation and at 1, 2 and 3 hours post sanitisation.
The results from 3 hours post-sanitisation show that the BioCote® treated cases had fewer Campylobacter colonies present than on untreated crates. Only one Campylobacter colony forming unit (CFU) was found on the treated crates, whereas 44 Campylobacter CFU were found on untreated crates. These results suggest that BioCote® protection can reduce the risk of crates causing cross-contamination of Campylobacter across flocks of poultry. For more details, access the full case study here.
The increase of total bacteria on the untreated crates one hour after sanitisation indicates that cleaning has no long-term decontamination effect. BioCote® treated crates showed a continuous decline in bacterial activity, acting as an extra decontamination measure.
The results of this study suggest that incorporating BioCote® antimicrobial technology into poultry transportation crates or other products and surfaces in the food industry could reduce the risk of harmful bacteria, such as Campylobacter being transmitted from poultry to humans.
Make your product antimicrobial
BioCote® antimicrobial additives contain active substances that are proven to reduce micro organisms, such as bacteria, mould and fungi and the influenza A H1N1 virus , by up to 99.99% on protected surfaces. Integrated BioCote® antimicrobial technology will last for the design lifetime of your product. We are also the only antimicrobial additives supplier to be HACCP International certified, which means BioCote® is safe to use when in contact with food.
BioCote® antimicrobial technology is used across a variety of materials and product applications and trusted by leading brands globally, such as Akzo Nobel, Deb (SC Johnson Professional), Waterlogic, Air Products and many more.
To find out more about our range of additives from textiles to polymers, or if you are interested in protecting your own products with proven BioCote® antimicrobial technology, use our quick and easy to use Additive Wizard, or get in touch with a member of the team on +44 (0)2477 712 489. Alternatively, you can use our FAQ’s page for immediate questions or complete the below contact form.