Norovirus or Winter Vomiting Disease. Vomitus or Diarrhea. Fecal or Faecal. Contaminated Hands or Surfaces. Foodborne or Person-to-Person. We hear a lot of conflicting distractions. The six simple truths about norovirus are these: Read more about 2013: The Year of the … Norovirus?
Martha Stewart, like so many celebrity “demonstration” chefs, likely missed a handwash and paid a price, “spending days in bed.” We hope she is luckier than some where the Read more about Martha Misses
Hey kids "Stop making my animals sick!"
SaniTwice® is a welcomed intervention at the University of Minnesota's National Center for Food Protection. So many times there is no convenient access to running water to facilitate good handwashing at petting zoos and state fairs. SaniTwice is a protocol that fills that void with effectiveness and convenience.
See what John Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow, has to say in the interest of overall safety for the kids and the animals.Read more about A Petting Zoo and State Fair Alert
SaniTwice® out-performs soap & water handwash ... again
These three recent quotes from an operator, an industry leading food safety auditor and a passionate advocate serve as a SaniTwice update following presentations at recent meetings:
"As foodservice moves closer to the action and further from the kitchen, SaniTwice is the answer." Food & Beverage Manager
"Regulators must change their paradigm that water is available if there is a plumbing fixture somewhere in the building." Food safety auditor and former state health department executive.
"Log two pathogen reduction is easily achieved in many different combinations of chemical action, pyhsical action (friction), time and temperature." Jim Mann, Chemist & Executive Director, Handwashing For Life.
SaniTwice is now being used or considered for use at catered events, outdoor events, petting zoos, schools (during water outages), gourmet food trucks, airlines, bars, first responder situations in healthcare, cruise lines and airlines.
SaniTwice is the hand cleansing protocol for use where water is not readily available or in too small a quantity to yield a good handwash, log 2 pathogen reduction. Two rounds of research at BioScience Laboratories in 2008/9 demonstrated positive results in light to moderate soil situations (beef broth).
Three Times a Charm
A third evaluation was conducted following discussions with regulatory representatives. Their advice was to check performance on heavy soil (ground beef), providing an even greater margin of safety for this new intervention. This has now been completed and the results are reported in the following bar graphs.
This research study is yet another in a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of the Sani-Twice approach which has been submitted for journal publication. Field tests started in the desert of the Mid-East, solving a military foodservice issue, and were followed by a successful two-year study in another desert, Las Vegas, under the guidance of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD).
SaniTwice solved another issue for local schools in Las Vegas by providing an alternative hand cleansing method for use during water outages.
Read more about No-Water Hand Cleansing Grows
Event handwashing is often handicapped by the lack of running water. Summer fairs and church events are familar examples. Health departments around the country are contacted regularly by event planners looking to conform to local codes.
Most local codes flow from the FDA's Model Food Code where water, any amount of water, trumps the alternatives. This has evolved to what we now call The Trickler Method where a small amout of water is trickled out of a vessel to wet hands, wash and rinse. It is hard to capture the trickler method in actual use as it rarely is.
If it is used, along with likely poor cleaning comes few uses per container of water and poorly rinsed hands are a major source of dermatitis. Fortunately, operators now have an alternative with documented effectiveness. SaniTwice® is the no-water solution for ServeReady® Hands.
Below are four examples of approved "handsinks" for The Trickler Method, photographed in Illinois.
Read more about Catered Handwashing by The Trickler Method
SaniTwice® for Catered Events
Uncompromized hand cleanliness for those serving food at venues without running water.