Virologist confirms Covid-19 inactivated after one wash cycle in a MEIKO dishwashing machine

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Cleanliness and sanitation is the top priority during outbreaks. Warewashing technology can be one key to reducing or preventing the spread of disease

During pandemics, people often think about hospitals and medical centers, but not about how pathogens actually spread. Unfortunately, places we enjoy patronizing the most, such as restaurants and other foodservice businesses, often play a role in pandemics.

“Dishes and cutlery were and still are considered to be critical points in foodservice,” says virologist Dr. Friedrich von Rheinbaben of HygCen Institute, an internationally recognized and accredited test laboratory for medical devices, disinfectants and similar products, based in Germany. 

Safe and sanitized

That means every type of foodservice business from restaurants, to food trucks, to school cafeterias and hospitals, must be able to wash their wares in a safe, sanitary way. 

Ensuring sanitized dishes, utensils and other foodservice wares has long been one of MEIKO’s key competencies. And with the newest coronavirus, Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2), MEIKO can assure its customers that wares washed for use in foodservice operations in MEIKO dishwashing machines will be sanitized to a level that renders the virus harmless. 

“The pathogens do not cause any problems for a commercial MEIKO dishwasher with the special agents used, the special washing mechanism and an increased water temperature,” continues Dr. von Rheinbaben.

“MEIKO devices are able to process dishes and cutlery in such a way that they can be reused without hesitation, even if they have previously been used by infected or sick people.” 

HygCen has certified that the continuous systems and processing procedures of MEIKO’s dishwashing machines, when used as directed and in good working order according the MEIKO specifications, can inactivate coronaviruses as well as all other enveloped viruses, especially the new coronavirus.

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