Preventing Foodborne Outbreaks from the Farm to the Table

02.18.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

farm-tableConsider this fact: Nearly 40,000 people are sickened each year by salmonella alone, killing about 600 people. The Center for Disease Control estimates that infection control prevention efforts cost approximately more than $30 billion annually, a number which increases exponentially without some level of sanitization treatment. If a foodborne pathogen outbreak occurs, a protective zone may be established, which can hamper business activity. Furthermore, a swift recall may impact not only the supply chain vertical, but cost millions in damages regarding sickness and loss of revenue.

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The Dangers and Setbacks of Using Impure Disinfectant Solutions

02.11.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

In any setting, it is imperative to understand the type of chemical designated for disinfection. Most solutions carry a dominant formula with many impurities also present in solution. Such surrogate contaminants may be toxic or dangerous, even in low quantities. This is especially true for different versions of alcohol based disinfectants as well as chlorine dioxide solutions. For example, isopropyl alcohol vapor flammability can be influenced by the grade of this disinfectant, likewise with its irritability to the skin.

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Decontamination War on Meat Pathogens

02.04.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

food-spoilageFood spoilage is caused by bacteria, namely pathogens such as e-coli and salmonella as well as varieties of bacillus and clostridium. While food remains part of the equation for these pathogens to populate, so too do temperature, time, and relative moisture levels.

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Quick Tips: Avoiding the Bioslime in the Health Care Facility

01.27.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies 

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Bio-slime is a group of microorganisms embedded within proteins, polysaccharides, extracellular substances and other organic matter.

Bio-slime is implicated in many infectious diseases. Bacteria thrive within the slime and can be encapsulated and protected within this environment as well. Hence, there exists a major challenge trying to eliminate some bacteria residing in bio-slime.

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