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Defined by the British Standard 5283:1986 as ‘the destruction of microorganisms but not usually bacterial spores; it may not kill all microorganisms but reduces them to a level which is neither harmful to health, nor the quality of perishable foods’.

Surfaces and equipment that must be disinfected after cleaning in the food premises include;

  • Food Contact Surfaces
  • Hand Contact surfaces
  • Cleaning materials and equipment


In the UK, sanitisers combine the functions of a detergent and disinfectant. They clean and disinfect in one go.


Sterilisation, not to be confused with disinfection, means the destruction of all pathogenic organisms.

SOS-FOODTEC offer an array of antimicrobial products and technologies to enable the food manufacturer to produce safe food.

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