Best Sanitizers, Inc. is Educating Food Manufacturers on Glove Juice: What it is and How to Reduce the Risk

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Best Sanitizers, Inc., a leader in hand hygiene and surface sanitation products for the food processing industry educates food processing professionals on the dangers of glove juice and how to reduce the risk of cross-contamination by using Alpet E1 Fragrance-Free Foam Soap, Alpet Q E2 Sanitizing Foam Soap, Alpet E3 Plus Hand Sanitizer Spray, and Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer.

Glove Juice: What it is and How to Reduce the Risk.

We want to educate food industry professionals on the dangers of glove juice and how to prevent cross-contamination with an effective hand hygiene program.

In many food processing facilities, employees wear gloves during production or when handling ready-to-eat foods to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination. However, gloves can also produce something called, “Glove Juice.” Glove Juice is a term used for the bacteria-rich moisture that can form inside rubber work gloves when proper hand hygiene procedures are not followed prior to gloving. Encased in the rubber glove, the hand gets warm, produces sweat, and creates the ideal environment for bacteria to multiply. If gloves are torn or nicked while working, the contaminated glove juice can leak onto equipment, surfaces, and potentially even food products. Another instance where cross-contamination can occur is when the glove is removed and the worker touches food or equipment without properly washing their hands first, that same bacteria-laden moisture can immediately transfer contaminants from their hands to whatever they touch.

Gloves can be an important tool to prevent cross-contamination and if proper hand hygiene is practiced, the dangers presented by glove juice can be reduced. The key to controlling the risk presented by glove juice is to lower the number of pathogens on the hands before and after gloving. Correct hand washing is a good start, but to maximize pathogen reduction and minimize risk, sanitizing after hand washing will further decrease the colony forming units (CFUs), making it more difficult for the bacteria to recolonize and grow into a potential threat.

To reduce the number of CFU’s, the first step is to properly wash hands with a quality hand soap, such as Best Sanitizers’ Alpet E1 Fragrance-Free Foam Soap. For added protection, a sanitizing soap like Alpet Q E2 Sanitizing Foam Soap can be used. Alpet Q E2 is an ideal foaming soap for all food processing environments. It’s engineered with a 0.12% Benzalkonium Chloride (BAC) formula, is NSF certified, Kosher, Pareve and Halal certified. Alpet Q E2 is formulated with emollients to keep skin healthy and is fragrance and dye free.

Hand washing is a great start to removing pathogens from the hands, but for maximum results, follow hand washing with hand sanitization. Sanitizing with a quality hand sanitizer, such as Best Sanitizers’ Alpet E3 Plus Hand Sanitizer Spray after hand washing will further diminish the colony forming units (CFUs), making it more difficult for the bacteria to recolonize and grow into a potential threat. Alpet E3 Plus is an atomized alcohol hand sanitizing formula. Its 71% Ethanol formula kills 99.9999% of 26 tested pathogens, greatly reducing the number of germs on the hands. It is NSF certified, Kosher, Pareve and Halal certified.

Once gloves are removed, repeat the practice of hand washing and hand sanitizing to remove the presence of any potential glove juice on your hands. This helps reduce the risk of cross-contamination from the hands once gloves are removed. “We want to educate food industry professionals on the dangers of glove juice and how to prevent cross-contamination with an effective hand hygiene program,” states Ryan Witt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Best Sanitizers can provide food manufacturers with all the products and training to successfully reduce the hazards of glove juice in their facility.”

For maximum pathogen reduction after gloving, Best Sanitizers recommends sanitizing gloves with Alpet D2 or Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer. Alpet D2 and Alpet D2 Quat-Free are widely known within the food processing industry as effective surface sanitizers. Both surface sanitizers have 60 second kill claims on food contact surfaces, including rubber gloves. They kill 99.999% of 9 tested pathogens as a food contact surface sanitizer and are ideal for water sensitive equipment and low moisture environments. Using Alpet D2 or Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer is a great way to complete your glove sanitation program and can be used in all areas of the processing facility.

Best Sanitizers, Inc. carries a wide variety of products designed to help food processing and food service companies reduce cross-contamination including, sanitizing hand soaps, hand sanitizer sprays and foams, surface sanitizers, industrial cleaners, boot scrubber units and footwear sanitizing systems. Best Sanitizers also carries the largest selection of dispensing options in the industry. Visit: http://www.bestsanitizers.com for complete product information and video demonstrations.

About Best Sanitizers, Inc:
Since 1995, Best Sanitizers, Inc. has been providing the Food Processing industry with the highest quality hand soaps, hand sanitizers, industrial cleaners, and surface sanitizers available. In addition, Best Sanitizers offers cleaning and sanitizing equipment designed specifically for the food processing industry, including boot scrubbers, footwear sanitizing units, doorway foamers, drain foaming accessories, stainless steel racks, and proportioning and dispensing equipment. These products are used in over 9,000 U.S. food processing facilities. Best Sanitizers was the first company to achieve an E3 rating for an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, the first to achieve a D2 rating for an alcohol/quat-based surface sanitizer and continues to explore new and innovative ways to deliver hand hygiene and surface sanitation solutions.

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