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Antimicrobial technologies in new-generation materials

The biosphere offers a wide range of environments where life thrives, often thanks to evolutionary adaptations of organisms. However, surfaces can become breeding grounds for bacteria and other microorganisms, leading to potential contamination risks.

In the food industry, surface contamination is a significant concern. Worktops, packaging and equipment can become vehicles for the transmission of pathogens if not properly cleaned and disinfected. The formation of biofilms makes the removal of microorganisms even more difficult and can compromise food safety in the long run.

Prevention is key to meeting this challenge. Effective cleaning and disinfection of surfaces are essential to reduce the risk of contamination. In addition, the use of protective packaging can provide an extra layer of defence against contaminants of various kinds.

New generation materials offer a promising additional strategy in the fight against microbial contamination. These materials can be designed to limit the adhesion and colonisation of bacteria (anti-adhesive surfaces) or even have an active action against them (antimicrobial surfaces).

This is just an excerpt from the article written by Michela Gallo - Head of Consumer Goods Division at LabAnalysis and Managing Director at IRCPack, for Beauty Horizons magazine.
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