Can Antimicrobial Additives in Epoxy Help Food Safety.

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There has been so much talk in the news lately about how coronavirus can live on food preparation surfaces like stainless steel, and plastics (Epoxy) for up to several days. 

In a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases on Oct. 3, researchers from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine found that SARS-CoV-2 outlived the influenza A virus (IAV) on human skin, which remained viable for about two hours. 

The research, published in the medRxiv depository, comes after a separate study conducted early on in the pandemic, in March, found that the novel virus can live on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days, copper surfaces for four hours and carboard for up to 24 hours. 

One advantage of epoxy food preparation surfaces; that countertops have, is the ability to include antimicrobial additives into the epoxy mix to lessen the life of or kill bacteria. While there is little research done on the effects on coronavirus, it will surely be a hot topic in the food safety circles for years to come as this is not the first and surely won’t be the last we will hear about pandemics.

iCoat currently can add antimicrobials into its epoxy and will continue to monitor additives that increase health and food safety benefits. 

For more information contact iCoat directly.

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