According to the Food Standards Agency nearly 17 million people suffer from stomach upsets in the UK every year resulting from poor hygiene practices. This in turn leads to about 11 million lost working days and costs the country over a billion pounds per year. The cost in fines to a business found guilty of causing food poisoning can be in the tens of thousands and even lead to prison sentences. But even minor incidences of food poisoning can destroy the hard built reputation of a business and lead to closure. So what can be done to minimise the risk?
There are several options for walls within hygiene critical areas, each have benefits as well as drawbacks. A conventional paint system remains popular for several reasons.
However, conventional paint systems have:
Ceramic tiles have benefits as well as drawbacks, when used in hygiene critical areas:
Compare this to BioClad
Standard hygienic wall cladding has many benefits being:
However, the antibacterial protection is unproven. Unlike BioClad, standard hygienic wall cladding is not independently laboratory tested for its antibacterial protection. BioClad is also volatile organic compound, or V.O.C, free. Standard hygienic wall cladding has detectable V.O.C’s for up to a year after installation. The VOC’s temporarily provide an antibacterial affect to standard hygienic cladding but this is short lived meaning microbes and fungi are able to grow on traditional hygienic wall cladding
With BioClad hygienic wall cladding antimicrobial element is impregnated into the panels at the time of manufacture and therefor does not leach. This stops growth of bacteria and mould by up to 99.99% and this works continuously for the lifetime of panels. This is ideal for use in hygiene sensitive areas due to excellent chemical resistance.