Fermod has introduced an optional antimicrobial additive to its coldroom door fastener range.
The treatment is designed to provide a long lasting antimicrobial compound to combat the spread of viruses and bacteria, limiting the growth of harmful microorganisms including coronavirus and certain bacteria that cause food poisoning.
The antimicrobial compound is added during the manufacturing process and is available on 528/431/521 and 921 and non-locking versions. Fermod also recently released 527/528 arm or elbow operated coldroom door handle that can have the antimicrobial option.
As the treatment is an integral part of the material, the product should be protected over its lifetime without loss of efficiency with no additional costs.
The compound is compatible with food contact and found to be more effective than a simple anti-bacterial treatment, because it acts on coronavirus, fungi and mould.
Tests conducted by independent laboratories according to ISO 21702 (for coronavirus) and ISO 22196 (for bacteria) pointed to fasteners incorporating this feature enabling an 87% reduction in the number of coronaviruses after 1 hour and 96% after 8 hours, and a 99% reduction in the number of bacteria after 1 hour.
Regional sales manager Marcus Stephens said: “We believe that this new compound will enhance the level of hygiene within the cold storage environment as well as coldrooms and freezer rooms within catering environments.”