SaniTwice is simply a very effective two step protocol for washing hands in water-scarce situations. It is a friction-aided cleaning step coupled with a kill step.
From the research report published in the Journal of Food Protection, Number 12, December 2010:
The SaniTwice method for hand disinfection was equivalent or superior to hand washing with soap and water for reducing viable bacteria on hands in the presence of representative food soils. Although the raw hamburger was a more difficult soil to penetrate, as demonstrated by approximately 1.0-log lower reductions compared with challenge by contaminated beef broth, the SaniTwice method with ABHS was equivalent to hand washing even under this worst-case simulation, underscoring the efficacyof this new method and indicating a potentially greater margin of safety.
These results provide a significant safety margin for recommending this protocol for water-scarce environments.
The complete report is available on request, contact us.
It all started with a request for help from the military to safely feed new recruits in the desert of the Middle East at a venue where water was unavailable. From there SaniTwice reached back across the sea to another desert, Las Vegas, where a major casino was not happy with the handwashing at temporary bars. Their practices were self-assessed as both inconvenient and ineffective. The forward thinking Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) joined with Handwashing For Life and set up the program in 2007. In 2010, SNHD was presented with an NSF Leadership Award in part for their pioneering work in supporting this food safety innovation.
Effective on Norovirus
If norovirus is the target pathogen as it was for the Las Vegas casino, SaniTwice has been proven to be effective when selecting Purell - VF 481, a popular choice in the cruise line industry as well. See Dr. Christine Moe's work at Emory university.
Use between glove changes
Temporary foodservice at hotels and other venues often finds loyal glove-wearing servers working smoothly until it's time to change the gloves due to touching a surface, the floor or oneself. "Ouch! I can't leave the food and the cash drawer unattended!" ... a true SaniTwice situation, even if a restroom is nearby.
SaniTwice during school foodservice water outages
Clark County Schools were experiencing frequent temporary water outages, disrupting lunch service. SaniTwice replaced an inconvenient and time consuming protocol. Program manager describes the new protocol as a "God sent" improvement.
SaniTwice at gourmet food trucks and train service
Food truck and train water supplies are limited. SaniTwice is an ideal protocol as a back-up, assuring good hand hygiene is available to all those preparing and serving food.
A petting zoo solution
2012 was yet another big year for petting zoo outbreaks. SaniTwice can save petting zoos with the help of local health departments where permits are issued. This link has a listing of outbreaks: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/10/publishers-platform-time-to-ban-pe...
Trickles of water may meet some food code requirements but concerned operators now have a safer option in SaniTwice. Not only is it more effective, its convenience adds to frequency of use. Interested operators should contact their health departments to seek a variance or "letter of no objection" as was obtained for the Las Vegas casino and the Clark County school solutions.
SaniTwice employee training & reminders
This system is designed to raise employee awareness of the importance of hand cleanliness when serving ready-to-eat food and drink. It provides the why, when and how to use along with a quiz and training record.
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