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Glenwood Technologies is with you in this fight. While helping you ensure the production of safe food, we also commit to strengthening our defenses by ensuring hygiene in every part of your facility. Let us help you assess your needs by using Glenwood’s Hygiene Checklist.
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80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch. Therefore, start your defense by proper handwashing. Make sure that no area is left behind with your scrubbing!
 
The most effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by exercising proper and regular handwashing to make sure no part of your hands will harbor any harmful agents. Used by food manufacturing facilities, government institutions, academe, hotels, and related industries, GloGerm™ is the hygiene training tool for the effective demonstration and validation of proper handwashing.

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Cleaning and disinfection are critical in controlling COVID-19, or other viruses and bacteria. Maintaining clean surfaces, good hygiene, and social distancing have become everyone’s defense against COVID-19. In hospitals, food companies, and other related institutions, an effective hygiene and sanitation program must be followed to prevent the possible spread of the virus while performing our duties.

Measuring adenosine triphosphate (ATP), found in bacteria, bodily fluids, skin cells, and other living cells, is an economical, fast, and accurate way to monitor the cleanliness of surfaces. The AccuPoint® Advanced system provides consistent and reliable results for the evaluation of the effectiveness of a hygiene and sanitation program based on the presence of ATP. The system can tell you if the surfaces have been properly cleaned before and after disinfection in as fast as 20 seconds. Remember, viruses thrive through a host, and preventing the presence of any microorganism that may serve as host to the virus is the first step to ensuring proper hygiene in the facility, and protection to the people.

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COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person via respiratory droplets through coughing and sneezing. A single cough can produce 3,000 droplets that can land on other people, surfaces, and objects. Based on recent studies and researches in the US, the virus can stay in the air for up to three hours, however, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is not yet considered airborne since the droplets are too heavy to stay in the air. The Department of Health (DOH) stated that airborne transmission may only be possible in a hospital setting, wherein procedures such as endotracheal intubation, bronchoscopy, open suctioning, and other aerosol-generating procedures are being conducted.

Likewise in the food and beverage industry and other related industries, air quality must be strictly monitored. Good air quality is one of the requirements of production facilities, airborne contaminants should be maintained within acceptable levels.

Conveniently test and monitor microbial air quality by using CompactDry™, a ready-to-use chromogenic media plate. CompactDry™ Total Count and CompactDry™ Yeast and Mold are the most trusted rapid testing kits by companies worldwide in monitoring microbial air quality.

 

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Transmission of COVID-19 can occur by direct contact with an infected person and indirect contact with contaminated surfaces, that’s why footbaths and disinfectant sprays are installed on all entrances to the facility, handwashing and hand sanitation stations are designated, and surface disinfection is regularly and thoroughly done.
 
Removal of the COVID-19 virus and other microorganisms in environmental surfaces requires thorough cleaning followed by disinfection. This has been actively practiced in healthcare and non-healthcare settings to prevent the spread of the virus and ensure cleanliness. Cleaning is the first step of the disinfection process; this could be done using mechanical action such as scrubbing or friction with the use of water and soap to remove and reduce microbial load. Chlorine and alcohol-based disinfectant solutions are then applied to kill any remaining microorganisms. Aside from alcohol, chlorine and other chemicals serve as active ingredients for use in sanitizing and disinfectant solutions. These chemicals are sufficiently added to ensure the effectiveness of disinfectant solutions. Too high and too low concentrations can affect the effectiveness of disinfectant solutions; therefore, companies and other institutions are using chemical-specific testing products to ensure the exact chemical concentrations.
 
If you are using sanitizers and disinfectants, make sure that you have achieved the required concentration to optimize the effectivity of these solutions (e.g footbath requires 200pm concentration of chlorine). Rapidly measure the chemical concentration level, use SenSafe® and Waterworks™ test strips to test on-site, and obtain results in as fast as 30 seconds.

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For more information about COVID-19 and its effect on food safety and hygiene and sanitation, browse the articles below:

June 27, 2020

Food Safety and Hygiene and Sanitation Webinar

Be updated on the latest trends and updates on food safety! Broaden your knowledge and expertise by learning from the country's best food safety experts. Join us on this special technical webinar series on food safety and hygiene and sanitation! Don't get left behind! Click this link to register to reserve your slot.
June 27, 2020

Technical Webinar on the Technologies and Strategies in Preventing the Spread of the Virus in Food Establishment

Food safety first! Here are some food safety tips from the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations when buying food in markets.
June 23, 2020

Philippine Food Safety Ambassadors Facebook Group

Philippine Food Safety Ambassadors Facebook Group will serve as a discussion platform on the trends and updates on food safety in the Philippines. Our members are encouraged to engage, help, and learn from each other on how to properly implement an effective food safety management system, and raise food safety awareness to help ensure that food served to every Filipino is safe for consumption.
June 19, 2020

Free Webinar on Technologies and Strategies in Preventing the Spread of the virus in Food Establishments

Glenwood Technologies International, Inc., in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A invites you to the Free Technical Webinar on Technologies and Strategies in Preventing the Spread of the Virus in Food Establishments. Be online on June 16, 2020 to be updated on the ff: Topic: Technologies and Strategies in Preventing the Spread of the Virus in Food Establishments
June 17, 2020

Food safety is everyone’s responsibility

Food safety is everyone’s responsibility. With globalization, food is processed in greater volumes and distributed over greater distances than ever before. Widespread collaboration and contributions of all players in the food supply chain, as well as good governance and regulations, are essential to ensure food safety.
June 17, 2020

Food Safety Tips from the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Food safety first! Here are some food safety tips from the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations when buying food in markets.
June 17, 2020

Food Safety Amidst Covid 19

The global war against the invisible enemy has changed the landscape of the food industry from supply chain, processing, storage, delivery, and consumption of goods. Producing essential goods, food companies must continue to move forward in its commitment to provide safe and quality food products to the consumers amidst this pandemic. Mitigating food safety risks while preventing the spread of the virus has become a great challenge to the industry. Calling all food safety professionals!
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