As the UK slowly emerges from lockdown, producers must ensure that sanitising practices are being conducted with due diligence and with products that are fit for purpose.
“Whether it be regularly wiping down a shared tractor cab between different members of staff or keeping surfaces clean in farm offices, precautions must be taken to prevent potential exposure to coronavirus,” says Progiene’s Alison Clark.
Sanitising spray must be efficacy tested and conform to EN14476, to verify that the product will kill 99.99% of viruses, including COVID-19. This verification can be found on cleaning product labels.
“Some people are purchasing products with the best of intentions. One example is a leading household surface cleanser, which is capable of killing bacteria and seemingly a good option. However, it is not verified as capable of killing viruses,” explains Ms Clark.
“So, before making a product purchase, check that it is EN14476 verified.”
For areas that need to be sanitised in food production facilities, such as milking parlours, sanitising products must be free of QAC (quaternary ammonium compounds) to avoid contaminating food supply through residual build-ups.
Ms Clark recommends a product, like Puraclean Surface Sanitising Spray, which is free from QACs, bleach, alcohol, and formalin.
“Not only has it been EN144476 verified to kill viruses, but it is also certified to kill other harmful pathogens, like bacteria and yeast,” she says.
“It is also non-flammable and non-hazardous, making it safe for transport. All of this combined makes it a great multi-purpose surface cleaner to help protect workers in any facility while thoroughly sanitising against a wide range of pathogens.”