Salmonella cases like those in South Australia, which have been linked to food brought into an aged care facility may have been preventable if electrolysed water had been used in cleaning fresh ingredients, utensils, surfaces and hand washing.
e-Water Systems Director, Phil Gregory said that “these cases send a clear message to all who are responsible for handling fresh food before human consumption.
“Currently, many restaurants and other food outlets wash fresh produce with tap water, which does not kill bacteria like salmonella. Others use chlorine-based sanitising solutions that kill bacteria, but leave a chlorine taint behind.
“Washing fresh produce without sanitising is an accident waiting to happen,” Gregory said.
Chemical and taste-free electrolysed water, which simply combines water with common salt and electricity to produce mildly alkaline and acidic waters which are proven to kill bacteria on contact including salmonella as well as all other pathogenic bacteria, funguses, moulds, spores, viruses and yeasts.
Electrolysed water has a number of benefits because it replaces chemicals used in cleaning and sanitising; chemicals are harmful to the environment and cause OH&S issues.
Electrolysed water is being embraced in Class 1 facilities, such as hospitals, where food standards are the most rigorous. Recently Austin Health in Melbourne commissioned and integrated a system at their new large Central Processing Unit at Heidelberg with other hospitals and aged care facilities to follow. Because infection is of paramount concern to hospitals, electrolysed water has been exhaustively tested to determine its effectiveness in killing bacteria.
According to Austin Health, their independent tests reported, “Electrolysed water was shown to perform at least as well if not better than the traditional cleaning and sanitising methods when used on surfaces and equipment. On one of the trials it was shown to perform considerably better.”
Austin Health, which prepares meals for a number of metropolitan hospitals, uses electrolysed water for cleaning and sanitising utensils, equipment, surfaces and floors. It is also used for hand washing, a critical consideration in the prevention of infection and food poisoning.
A number of sectors are favouring electrolysed water over chemicals such as hospitals, aged care facilities, corporate entertaining, office buildings, conference centres and cleaning contractors.
eWater’s electrolysed water units are installed, or being installed, in a number of other establishments including Nobu Restaurant, Brisbane Convention Centre, Kingston Hospital, Scotchman’s Creek Aged Care Facility, the Ivy complex in Sydney and the new Melbourne Convention Centre.
Hard to believe but water cleans at least as well as chemicals.
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