Utilizing Built-In Antimicrobial Technology to Support Surface Hygiene and Cleanliness in Food Processing Environments

Food, Food Manufacturing & Supply Chain, Food Safety & Regulation,
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Food manufacturing and processing is a hygiene-critical activity. Precautions are necessary to minimize survival and growth of contaminating microbes. To achieve clean surfaces and environments during food processing, the adoption of a systems-based approach that includes food contact and non-food contact surfaces is critical. This typically involves regular cleaning and sanitization, workflow optimization, and environmental controls. However, there are some circumstances where it is challenging to maintain microbiologically clean surfaces due to continuous exposure to contaminating elements and/or limited physical access. Resulting food spoilage can ultimately lead to financial losses and affect compliance with food safety standards. Integration of antimicrobial surfaces can support a wider systems approach to hygiene.

Built-in antimicrobial technologies have been shown to provide durable and complementary surface protection against bacteria, mold and mildew growth. These formulations become a permanent feature of a product, enabling manufacturing facilities to maintain hygienically cleaner food processing environments and working to support regular cleaning protocols.

Register for this webinar to hear Microban International’s Dr. Glenner Richards, Director of Microbiology & Analytical Chemistry Laboratories and Tara Conley, Director of Regulatory Affairs discuss hygiene considerations for food processing environments and how the utilization of antimicrobial surfaces and equipment can enhance existing hygiene protocols. Richards and Conley will also cover methods for testing antimicrobial performance, global regulatory considerations, and common food-contact applications.



Glenner M. Richards, Ph.D., Director of Microbiology & Analytical Chemistry, Microban International

Dr. Glenner Richards is the Director of Microbiology & Analytical Chemistry in Huntersville, North Carolina, and Toronto, Canada and has been with the organization since 2014. The focus of her current work is innovation of antimicrobial technologies with an emphasis on assessment of technology and product performance and efficacy.

She has worked in various capacities as a scientist: researcher, standards officer, teacher and professor. Her experience spans working in government and regulatory agencies, academia and private research organizations, and she is a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) and Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA).

Dr. Richards earned her BSc. (Biology) and MPhil. (Botany) degrees from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She earned her Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology with an emphasis in Food Safety/Microbiology from the University of Georgia, USA.

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Tara Conley, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Microban International

Tara Conley is the International Director of Regulatory Affairs at Microban International. Leveraging more than fifteen years of expertise in chemical regulations, Tara oversees regulatory compliance for international antimicrobial applications. This includes delivery of claims guidance, strategic regulatory advice, and on-demand compliance support for Microban’s antimicrobial business unit.

Prior to joining Microban in 2019, Tara worked as a regulatory expert for chemical distribution, food ingredients and household consumer products organizations. Tara holds an H.BSc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto.

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Who Should Attend?

C-Suite level decision makers in engineering, technical, marketing, research, supply chain and operations at the following manufacturers:

  • Food service/processing/production equipment manufacturers
  • Food packaging manufacturers
  • Food contact product manufacturers
  • Food manufacturers

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • The factors that impact hygiene in a food processing environment and how to implement a systems approach to address microbial contamination
  • How antimicrobial technologies are integrated into a variety of materials to support cleaner food processing environments
  • How antimicrobial technologies can address product design flaws, sustainability issues and changing food safety regulations
  • The global regulations governing treated articles

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Part of Barr Brands International (BBI), Microban International is home to the most trusted and well-known global brands in the antimicrobial, odor control, and sanitization / disinfection markets – Microban® and Ultra-Fresh®. Our organization has experienced over 100 collective years of growth and has revolutionized the industry. As the global leader, our proactive systems keep products cleaner, and control odors better by preventing problems before they start. Microban International drives innovation by combining science and creative solutions that enhance high-quality consumer, textile, industrial and medical products around the world. Today, the Microban and Ultra-Fresh brands and our technologies are featured on thousands of products worldwide. The company is headquartered in North Carolina with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.microban.com.

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