How to defeat bacteria and virus on your wash ware - avoiding cross-contamination

Hygiene, bacteria, and viruses have probably never been more top of mind than now, and around the globe, we’re all talking about the virus with the big C – Corona (COVID – 19).

So, we decided to share our knowledge about foodborne bacteria and viruses, with extra focus on safe and sanitized wash ware that help prevent food contamination and avoid cross-contamination.

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First, shortly about the Coronavirus.

According to the Swedish National Food Agency there is nothing up to this point that is implying that COVID – 19 is contagious when drinking or eating food. COVID – 19 is simply not considered a foodborne infection, but there are a lot of other viruses and bacteria that spreads through food, drinks and unproperly sanitized pans, plates, cutlery, etc. Let’s talk some more about those and what you can do to keep customers safe and healthy.


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Our foodborne enemies

Learn the difference between foodborne virus and bacteria.

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Foodborne bacteria

    Bacteria can be found all around us, and some bacteria are even welcome! We even put some of them in our foods to improve the shelf-life, taste, or texture of food. Other bacteria, however, can make us sick.


    These harmful bacteria are roughly divided into two groups:

    • Those who cause infections (Campylobacter, Salmonella, Ehec, etc.)

    • Those who cause food poisoning (Staphylococcus, Bacillus cereus, etc.)


    How long it takes from ingestion until we get sick varies. Some bacteria make you sick fast, but it could also be a matter of days or even weeks before we notice anything.

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Foodborne virus

    Viruses are also present all around us and are about a thousand times smaller than bacteria. They are a common cause of us getting sick from food, but unlike bacteria, they cannot reproduce themselves. Instead, a virus waits until ingested and reproduces only when reaching living cells - for example, a gut cell.

    The most common way through which wash ware and food are contaminated with viruses is when being handled by an infected person – a host or spreader. It can also happen through contact with water that is contaminated.

    Some of the most common foodborne viruses are Norovirus (sometimes referred to as the winter vomiting bug), Hepatitis A, and Sapovirus (often called stomach flu).

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How to get sanitized wash ware and defeat foodborne infections

Some general tips:

 


Secure safe wash ware:

 


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Since Granuldisk started in the late '80s, one of our core missions has been to provide sanitized and clean wash ware to our customers. Having met millions of customers in the commercial kitchen industry world wide, week after week, year after year, we’ve gathered a lot of knowledge about safe washing results. We'd love to share our knowledge and learnings with you. Join us for a demo - on live stream, in a kitchen, or in a showroom near you.

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