Biofilms are a buildup of microorganisms that can form and adhere on wet surfaces in Clean-in-Place (CIP) production lines. Persistent against conventional cleaning and sanitization procedures, biofilms can resist mechanical action and protect the embedded microorganisms against environmental stressors, and allow pathogens to tolerate even concentrated antimicrobial exposure.
Product Quality Issues
Biofilms can harbor organisms that cause product spoilage, damaging product quality, reducing shelf-life, putting brand image at risk and may lead to costly recalls.
Consumer Health and Safety Risks
Bacteria harbored in biofilms may contribute to life-threatening infections and diseases in humans.
Equipment Damage and Operational Issues
Biofilms on metal surfaces can lead to microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) and can also damage other surface types and lead to operational issues such as reducing pipe flow and water contamination that ultimately leads to costly downtime.
There are three key ways to evaluate your production operation for signs of biofilm:
Biofilms can resist conventional cleaning and sanitization procedures. In particular, biofilms are especially resistant to mechanical action and steam sanitization — two common processes. Personal Care production operations need to seek out advanced chemistries that can penetrate and kill biofilm pathogens.
Ecolab Oxonia Active LS provides EPA-registered biofilm disinfection against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus, helping protect product safety, product quality and equipment life with advanced chemistry formulated to penetrate biofilm.
Oxonia Active LS is non-foaming which further minimizes impacts on productivity and plant performance.
Oxonia Active LS is safe to use on 304 and 316 stainless steel and aluminum surfaces and is compatible with most plastic and rubber materials when used as according to label instructions.
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