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New test checks effectiveness of cleaning chemicals and practices for Covid-19

25 June 2020

Campden BRI has developed a test to assess the effectiveness of cleaning chemicals, and cleaning and disinfection operations on a SARS-CoV-2 surrogate virus. 

With rigorous cleaning regimes regarded as vital in reducing virus transmission, the new test will provide companies with greater confidence in their abilities to clean effectively. It involves the use of a safe ‘surrogate’ virus and is classified at biosafety level one (BSL-1), which means it safe to handle in a range of environments.

Commenting on the announcement, Annette Sansom, a microbiologist who has been leading the project, said:“We have developed and validated a method in our microbiology laboratories to test the effectiveness of sanitisers in solution and on surfaces. It can be used by companies who want to compare the efficacy of different sanitisers or assess the effectiveness of their surface cleaning regimes. And because the surrogate is safe, it can be used to test in in factories, shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs, offices, warehouses and even on people’s hands.”

Campden BRI can test sanitisers and other cleaning products in its UK laboratories, and can also test and advise on the effectiveness of cleaning practices.

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