One of the most common breeding grounds for bacteria that is overlooked in a food processing plant is the drain. Most people view the drain as a non-food contact surface, but a recent study found that almost one-third of drains tested were found to be positive for Listeria, which can often be transferred to food contact surfaces when sprayed with high-pressure water or scrubbed using typical drain brushes. When a micro test comes back positive for harmful bacteria and it is hard to identify the source, the drain is a common culprit.
Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner & Activator Solution, based on our proprietary PerQuat® technology, is a unique solution to disinfect and kill bacteria such as Listeria in drains. According to a USDA study, Sterilex products are recommended as a best practice for Listeria biofilm control. Sterilex’s proprietary PerQuat® technology is the only chemistry with products approved to remove biofilm from a wide variety of public health and industrial surfaces.*
In a typical situation, in order to clean drains, plant workers will often manually scrub drains with a brush. However, workers often are unable to gain access to the entire drain cavity, and physically scrubbing drains can be a leading contributor to cross-contamination in plants.
Sterilex Ultra Disinfectant Cleaner & Activator, when used with a drain foam attachment, disinfects and removes biofilms from drains in one labor-saving step — and every time you use it, the applicator is cleaned and disinfected.
With our foaming attachment, there is no scrubbing necessary. You’ll be able to apply foam until the entire drain cavity is full — just wait 10 minutes for the foam to subside, and there’s no need to rinse.
As an added measure, you can also apply our Sterilex Ultra Step floor sanitizer on the floor around the drain to catch any residual bacteria that may have spread and to decontaminate the water that flows into the drain from the plant floor.