Once the sanitising programme is started and the operator leaves the room, the Steritrox vapour diffuses into every corner of the room, bathing all exposed surfaces and penetrating hidden areas and fabrics such as drains and air conditioning vents.
This new system gives the operator complete control over the sanitising process and in most cases means the whole procedure takes less than an hour from start to finish.
Understandably individual food processing companies are invariably reluctant to share data about their sanitising regimes publicly as any data is highly confidential and in most cases extremely sensitive.
In a production area some 1800 cubic metres in size full of production equipment the Steritrox process completed its sanitising cycle within an hour and consistently achieved a TVC kill rate in excess of log 3.
Previous manual sanitising processes were labour intensive, expensive and largely indiscriminate.
Figure 1 below shows the actual sanitising results over the first five consecutive days of using the Steritrox process in their high care food preparation unit.
TVC swabs were taken at a number of high risk locations immediately before and after sanitising on each day and sent to an independent UKAS registered laboratory for processing.
Michael Hartley, at Hartleys Farm Foods, said: "Hygiene is extremely important to everyone in the food production industry and we are diligent in ensuring that our sanitising regime is both highly effective and extremely robust.
The full Radical range consists of four main product categories (room sanitising, surface sanitising, produce decontamination and odour control) that offer an answer to many of the challenges faced by hygiene managers in the modern food production industry.