With foodservice and hospitality operators faced with the challenge of ensuring their premises are Covid-secure so they can safely welcome back customers, specialist UK manufacturer Mechline Developments has seen a surge in orders for HyGenikx, its revolutionary air and surface steriliser.
HyGenikx is proven to eradicate harmful bacteria and viruses and the unit is backed by respected microbiologist Dr David Webber – who has clarified how HyGenikx performs in relation to the current Coronavirus strain ‘Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2).
He said: “HyGenikx units have been shown to kill a wide range of microbes that are more difficult to eradicate than viruses, including bacterial species that produce endos pores (e.g. Clostridium difficile), Gram-positive bacteria (e.g. MRSA and Listeria), Gram-negative bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli) and moulds in both the air and/or on surfaces.
“The use of similar technology in call centres and offices at an NHS Trust has been shown to reduce the incidence of illness-related absences; particularly reported cases of colds, coughs and influenza, as well as reducing other chest and respiratory problems.
“Without testing HyGenikx against SARS-CoV-2 (or a suitable surrogate) I cannot categorically state that HyGenikx can kill this coronavirus: however there is a great deal of scientific evidence that this technology does kill a wide range of other microbes that are much more difficult to eradicate than SARS-CoV-2.”
Whilst coronavirus is understandably dominating the news, operators also need to protect against other dangerous microorganisms, as Kristian Roberts, marketing manager at Mechline, details: “Microorganisms can multiply very quickly, spreading infections, compromising hygiene standards, causing food to spoil and creating offensive odours.
“HyGenikx complements operators’ existing hygiene and HACCP procedures, combating airborne viruses and bacteria, stopping their spread and minimising the risks of cross-contamination.
“The advanced and compact wall-mounted HyGenikx unit is a plug and play option that will quietly go about its business – keeping staff, customers, food and surfaces protected from viruses and bacteria 24 hours a day, even the hardest to reach areas.
“HyGenikx is totally safe to use and utilises a combination of the most effective air and surface sterilisation technologies available to produce Superoxide Ions and Plasma Quatro, which are proven to target and kill biological hazards, including Salmonella, E.coli, Norovirus, and other primary sources of infections.”
Mr Roberts points out that added peace of mind doesn’t have to cost the earth. HyGenikx models start from as little as £289, they require no costly installation as they simply plug in to a standard socket and consume very little energy, requiring only 9-13 watts.
“The integral lamp and battery in a HyGenikx unit will provide 12 months of trouble-free operation before they need to be replaced – and when they finally do need changing it is very easy to do and does not require an engineer,” he added. “Models for food preparation areas are also supplied with shatter proof lamps for extra reassurance.”
The HyGenikx range is also proven to extend the shelf-life of stored perishable fresh food by an average of 58%, with some produce proving to last as much as 150% longer. Principally the life and quality of fruit and vegetables can be significantly extended – which in turn can significantly reduce food waste and cost.
The HyGenikx range has models to suit every application, from food preparation areas, coldrooms, dining areas, to washrooms, refuse areas and beyond, and joins Mechline’s ever-expanding collection of hygienic, safe and environmentally-friendly solutions.
Mechline is the Platinum Partner sponsor of the Kitchen Safety & Management category of FEJ Kitchen Excellence Week. For information about Mechline and its range of products, including the HyGenikx air and surface amplification system, call 01908 261511 or visit www.mechline.com/HGX