SOFHT conference debates use of biocides in food safety

The increasing use of permanent antibacterial surfaces in food production is one of the main areas of discussion at an upcoming conference organised by the Society of Food Hygiene Technology (SOFHT).

SOFHT is presenting the first national conference on the rapidly changing use of biocides and disinfectants in the food, dairy and beverage industries bringing together all stakeholders including regulators, formulators and users.

Disinfectants are a vital component most hygiene regimes, however EU regulations reducing the potency of some or all disinfectants however could lead to an increased risk of food poisoning.

Recent legislative changes have imposed Maximum Residual Levels (MRL’s) for the most commonly used class of food industry disinfectants (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds) which has required the food industry to consider how and where disinfectants are used.

Permanent antibacterial surfaces can help not only control the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria but also maintain shelf-life through the control of spoilage bacteria thereby minimising food waste. 

With this conference The Society aims to bring together all those involved in the formulation, use and regulation of disinfectants along with the research organisations developing and evaluating new and emerging technologies that can be applied in this field.

The conference and exhbition Using Biocides to Maintain Food Safety takes place at Stratford Upon Avon in 14 July. Click here for more details. 

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