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Biofilm busting enzyme boosts plant hygiene

By Rory Harrington , 08-Nov-2010

FoodProductionDaily.com caught up with Realco at the recent IPA trade show in Paris to discuss biofilms and the company’s breakthrough in tackling these slime layers that pose a constant contamination threat for food processors.

Olivier Fain, the firm’s biofilm production manager, explains why biofilms are such a problem in processing facilities and what its innovative enzymatic solution can do to combat the hazard.

Biofilms are layers of slime that stick to surfaces and are highly resistant to conventional cleaning methods. They pose a permanent menace as they release microorganisms into the environment and provide new sticking points for contaminants. As well as obvious food safety implications, their presence can also trigger in-plant efficiency and profitability problems.

The Belgian company’s solution has been to develop BIOREM, a special enzyme that destroys biofilms and removes them from processing surfaces. It not only fits in with current cleaning practices but also represents a major advance plant cleanliness, he said.

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