California Trays with SteriTouch

California Trays® Produce Displays now with SteriTouch®

Why choose California Trays® with SteriTouch®?

The main function of an antimicrobial product like SteriTouch® is to provide protection against a range of bacteria including E. coli, MRSA, Salmonella and Legionella, as well as black mould growth, biofilm and fungi.

Mould growth is responsible for costly redecoration cycles and respiratory complaints, especially in damp and humid environments where its prevention is otherwise difficult. SteriTouch® works continuously and effectively to restrict this growth before it appears.

SteriTouch® eradicates the bacteria which cause contamination and infection, as well as those responsible for odours and staining. The antimicrobial effect also protects the product against degradation, extending its use.

The purpose of SteriTouch® is not to create a sterile environment - we all know that being exposed to certain types of bacteria builds a healthy immune system. However, bacterial infections such as MRSA, E. coli and Listeria can be very serious and SteriTouch® acts as a complementary measure to routine cleaning.

How it works

Silver ions embedded in the California Trays® are released via ambient moisture and enter the cell membrane of the bacteria. The silver ions destabilise the cell, stop respiration and inhibit cell division, whilst blocking the replication of DNA, killing the bacteria cell.

How effective is it?

Products containing SteriTouch® are routinely tested at an independent laboratory and are typically proven to be at least 99.9% effective against MRSA and E. coli (Test reports available on request).

For applications requiring protection against other organisms, testing has also been carried out against Candida, Legionella and Campylobacter. SteriTouch® is also effective against biofilm, the slimy substance caused by clusters of bacterial cells adhering to a hydrated surface.

Will it wear off?

Once SteriTouch® has been incorporated into a California Tray®, it is essentially there to stay. Recent independent testing indicates no loss in antimicrobial performance even after 10 years of accelerated ageing.

Ionic silver based additives will not lose efficacy due to leaching or migration, and since they are evenly dispersed throughout the California Tray®, even scratches and abrasion do not affect the antimicrobial performance.

Importantly, SteriTouch® additives are unaffected by cleaning chemicals such as chlorine bleach, disinfectants and alcohol. Even harsh industrial products like MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) do not diminish the antimicrobial properties of products containing SteriTouch®.

Is it safe?

One of the greatest concerns among consumers is, understandably, the safety of additives found in the products they buy.

Most products offering SteriTouch® protection use an additive based on ionic silver, which holds extensive approvals including those for food contact.

All the active components we use are approved by the EFSA and FDA and supported on the Biocidal Product Regulations.