Thursday, February 20, 2020

Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (abbreviated “COVID-19”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported tens of thousands of cases of COVID-19 in China. Some person-to-person spread of this virus outside China has been detected, and the United States reported the first confirmed instance of person-to-person spread with this virus on January 30, 2020. Not long after, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC).

The novel coronavirus is a kind of positive-sense single-stranded RNV virus, same as the SARS and MERS virus. While the complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully understood, both MERS and SARS have been known to cause severe illness in people. Research on SARS found that this kind of virus is sensitive to ultraviolet (UV-C) light and can be diminished with exposure to UV-C irradiation stronger than 90 μW/cm2. Thus, in theory, UV-C light would be able to destroy the novel coronavirus.

Ultraviolet light has been used widely in disinfection with a wide range of medical and non-medical products available in the market. UV-C light is germicidal because it inactivates microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA. Ultraviolet light not only kills the virus on surfaces but also those in the air. China is currently disinfecting some aircrafts as well as yuan bills with ultraviolet light as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people.

ClorDiSys Solutions has an ultraviolet light disinfection tower, the Torch, that is an inexpensive, easily transportable, powerful system that provides a rapid and highly effective method to disinfect surfaces, components, room surfaces and common touch points. Each Torch produces an efficient UV-C output of 12 mJ/minute (200 μw/cm2) to get a calculated 99% reduction of MRSA in 1 minute and Clostridium difficile spores in 5 minutes. In 2015, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU) treated patients with Ebola virus disease evacuated from West Africa to the United States. Four Torch towers were used as the final disinfection step within those patients’ rooms and bathrooms. ClorDiSys also has a smaller version of this UV-C generator called the Lantern, designed for use within EMS vehicles and ambulances. Our line of ultraviolet light systems continues to grow and evolve to further support infection control efforts worldwide.


SOURCES
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/15/chinese-banks-disinfect-banknotes-to-stop-spread-of-coronavirus

Friday, February 14, 2020

4th Annual Food Safety and Microbiology Conference

In just over two weeks, ClorDiSys Solutions and Kornacki Microbiology Solutions, Inc will be hosting their Fourth Annual Food Safety andMicrobiology Conference in San Antonio, Texas. In response to the everyday challenges food safety professionals face, we invite those working in industry, government, or research focused on food microbiology, quality assurance and control, sanitation, plant management, technical services, or operations to this 2.5 day event covering a variety of topics from new legislation to new technologies. The conference aims to deliver high-level problem-solving sessions in order to elevate companies’ food safety programs and address emerging food safety issues.  The agenda will feature a mix of regulatory information, microbiological tips and tricks, and innovative solutions in order to provide a well-rounded balance for all attendees.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
  • How are Consumers Handling Your Products? Hint: It's Not How You Think.
  • FDA’s Regulatory Updates and Their Industry Impact
  • Allergen Management through Hygienic Zoning and Sanitation
  • Evolution of a Food Safety Program after Contamination
  • Resident Strains: Identification, Elimination, and Prevention
  • USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Updates
  • Empowering Sanitation: Redefining a Dirty Word
  • How to Ramp Up Your Recall Readiness
  • Managing Food Safety and Sanitation in the Digital Age
THE EXTRACURRICULARS
In addition to meeting and learning from world class speakers with a variety of backgrounds, you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your industry peers. On Sunday, March 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, join us for traditional Mexican food, open bar, and a live mariachi band during our conference kick-off at Guadalajara Grill. The Guadalajara Grill neighbors the Hilton Palacio del Rio where the conference is being held, and our mixer will be in the private dining room on the second floor above the restaurant. After the close of Day 1’s sessions, there will be a happy hour reception sponsored by Food Safety Net Services to immediately follow. Then, on Wednesday, March 4th, attendees have the opportunity to experience the world-famous San Antonio River Walk in an unforgettable away, a one-hour narrated Go Rio River Cruise. Admission to all activities is included in the registration fee.

The 2020 Food Safety and Microbiology Conference may be fast approaching, but registration is still open. Click here to learn more, and sign up now before it is too late.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Free Workshops for All Industries Concerned with Contamination Control

Although ClorDiSys was founded in 2001 and chlorine dioxide has been recognized as a disinfectant since the early 1900s, chlorine dioxide gas is still viewed as a new decontamination method in most industries. For this reason, we offer free contamination control workshops across the United States and Canada that explore the various methods of disinfection and sterilization available, allowing companies, universities, and government agencies to make informed decisions when reviewing your contamination control plan. Focus will be given to chlorine dioxide gas, which is at the forefront of keeping facilities cleaner and safer than ever before, as well as ultraviolet light disinfection. View the list below to see if ClorDiSys will be in a city near you!

March 24 – Frederick, MD
March 31 – Harrisburg, PA
April 21 – St. Louis, MO
May 28 – Oklahoma City, OK
June 9 – Toronto, ON
June 23 – Denver, CO

To register for one of these workshops, click here. More dates and locations to come.

Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light

The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (abbreviated “COVID-19”) that was first detec...