Clean is Critical in Food Processing & Packaging, particularly in high-hygiene, “wet” processing areas of the food plant. Listeria, salmonella, campylobacter, E. coli and other microbes pose an ongoing contamination threat for food processors & packagers. Tens of millions of Americans and millions more people worldwide get sick from foodborne illnesses every year,
and despite advances in healthcare, thousands die from preventable cases of foodborne disease. Product recalls due to microbial contamination are increasingly common, costing food processors hundreds of millions of dollars and damaging the value of their brands. Multiple areas can harbour disease-inducing microbes, from plant floors, drains and walls to conveyor lines and crevices in equipment, despite diligence in addressing hygiene at processing plants. Sodium hypochlorite (liquid chlorine bleach) is a commonly used disinfectant in the food processing industry, but it has only a short active period and no residual efficacy. Exigence is working with partners in the coatings industry with the aim to address the need for high-performance microbial control on environmental and equipment surfaces in food processing. Exigence monomers are suitable for environments that employ regular cleaning with chlorine-based disinfectant/sanitizing solutions because our SymbiCoat™ monomers can extend the activity of chlorine and improve chlorine resistance to organic loads many multiple times, such that the chlorine provides residual microbial protection between cleanings.