Quat-Chem presents at the British Asparagus Annual Conference

February 3rd 2016

Quat-Chem Presents at the British Asparagus Annual Conference


Quat-Chem’s Chemical Compliance Officer Andrew Bourne, addressed the British Asparagus Growers Association yesterday at their annual conference in Droitwich.  Andrew addressed disinfectant use in fresh produce packhouses and maximum residue levels (MRL) of disinfectant active substances in the food industry.  Quat-Chem was requested by the British Asparagus Growers Association, to address the growing public awareness on chemical residues on food, and provide information to industry on how to limit MRLs whilst eliminating microorganisms in packhouses.

Many cleaning products based upon Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QAC) are safely used in the fresh produce packing industry around the world.  Due to the recent change in the EU MRLs for Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) and Didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC), two QAC active substances, governments and consumer groups have begun to pay additional attention to food residue monitoring data.  While these active substances are not used in food washes, residues from cleaning of surfaces and equipment can be transmitted to food.  Andrew’s presentation to the British Asparagus Association focussed upon correct selection and use of disinfectant products containing QACs, in order to keep residues on food to a minimum.

Quat-Chem manufacturers a comprehensive range of environmentally friendly, food-safe, antimicrobial disinfectants for use in all food processing industries.  For more advice and information about food-safe antibacterial disinfectants, or for help on choosing the right disinfectant contact us now

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