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6th March 2018

Listeria can pose a huge threat to human health and the food production industry. Recalled batches can damage a company’s reputation; reduce consumer trust and ultimately, death for high-risk consumers.

Increasingly, consumers are more aware of the health benefits of consuming more fresh food as opposed to highly processed options. However whilst this is of benefit to health, consuming untreated produce is a leading contributor to foodborne illnesses. There have been large numbers of recalls in recent weeks due to possible risks of contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA website lists the recalled products and these instances have led to a greater understanding and acceptance of the need for more efficient pathogen control strategies.

The microorganism’s adaptations have enabled it to persist without the need for a host. As such, it may exist in decaying plant material or fresh water ecosystems, but this is currently not wholly understood. From these locations, it’s possible for the microorganism to enter the food processing environment and subsequently enter packing plants following harvest. As 16% of listeriosis cases are fatal, this is clearly something to be addressed.

Inadequate cleaning and sanitation of equipment at a packing plant for cantaloupes (in 2011, USA) was linked to post-harvest contamination of the produce, as the pathogen had not been isolated from field samples. The article states that there were 147 cases and 33 deaths associated with this outbreak, as such, it remains the largest listeriosis outbreak on record.

The processing and packing stage is associated with the highest risk for contamination of fresh produce. This presents an opportunity for prevention and control measures. Dycem contamination control flooring has helped to eliminate the growth and spread of Listeria in critical food production areas by up to 99.9%.

An example of this was when Dycem provided a two-toned flooring solution to Rikshospitalet kitchen, a company who provide meals to Oslo’s largest hospital. The flooring solution was two-toned, highlighting a clean and dirty side, indicating to employees where outdoor and indoor apparel must be worn. In such a busy environment, it was integral that precautions were undertaken in order to minimise microbial counts and contamination to food.

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Dycem’s Two-Tone Systems

6th March 2018

Dycem’s two-tone systems have proven extremely popular way to inhibit contamination growth for our customers as a way of improving their Standard Operating procedures, making a two-tone system an ideal solution for sites with heavy traffic, and strict auditing bodies.

Could your site benefit from a two-tone system?

• Simple workflow areas identified by colour coded Dycem, ideal for clean rooms, gowning areas and heavy traffic areas.

• Easy to keep clean, and highlights how well Dycem is working at retaining dust and dirt.

• Improved awareness from your staff that they are entering a critical access point.

• Identifiable by auditing standards as part of a well maintained health and safety standard

• A full traffic light system can be used to identify different area classifications.

The two-tone is effective in almost every application, whether you use a cleanroom, air shower or a wet cleaning system.

At  Micronit, Netherlands, A two-tone system was created and installed wall-to-wall in the facility’s changing booth, to ensure that the Z-Effect traffic flow was safely contained.

”I had been looking at Dycem for a number of years”, says Tom Hassing, COO of Micronit Microfluidic, “and due to demand, it was well worth the wait.”  Micronit now has a sustainable system for their contamination control needs for three years or more.

Other examples of a two-tone system have included up to 5 different Dycem colours being selected to improve Standard Operating Procedures.

If you would like to discuss our two-tone options, contact your local representative or for general enquiries.


6th March 2018

We have all heard of the term pasteurisation but do you know where that term comes from, and the processes involved in pasteurisation? Did you know the huge impact that it had on the wine industry, which it effectively saved?

The father of the process for whom the term was coined is also credited with other remarkable feats such as saving the silk industry in France and helping to eliminate diphtheria.

So who was the man who has effected forever the way we produce food and beverages?

By the time Pasteur was approached by Napoleon III, he has already paved a road into microbiology, starting his career at the University of Strasbourg in Chemistry.

The wine industry in France was facing great setbacks as their produce, which was world renowned and sought  after, would deteriorate during transportation and eventually spoil. Napoleon III asked Pasteur to look into the issue, after becoming notorious due to his ‘Germ Theories’ which were at the time thought to be extremely controversial.

“In a series of careful experiments, Pasteur discovered that heating wine to 55 degrees killed bacteria without ruining the taste. This process, later named pasteurisation, saved the wine industry, and cemented Pasteur’s fame. Today, it’s widely used to keep food free from disease.”, Louis Pasteur: The man who led the fight against germs.

Pasteur was well known across France at this point due to his extensive works.

A disease was rife across the silk industry that affected the silk worms themselves and he was asked to look into what had baffled so many others. Along with his wife Marie, Pasteur realised that the issue was in fact a parasite that caused infection in the insects and went on to teach industry workers that infected worms should be extracted from the rest and destroyed.

“His advice meant the silk industry survived, providing another boost to France’s economy.”

However, the brilliant career of the Father of Microbiology was not always reflected in his health and personal life.

At 45 he suffered from a stroke which left him partially paralyzed and of his 5 children only two would make it into adulthood.

Perhaps these tragedies made him more determined in his work; one of his daughters died in 1859 of Typhoid, which is caused by contaminated food and water.

After his stoke he continued to work from a laboratory that was set up for him by his colleagues, determined to continue his great discoveries. If “family tragedy framed his fight against illness” his resolve to work helped achieve his final victory. Pasteur is quoted as saying “the only thing that can bring joy is work”, a reflection of his devastating personal loses and his will to overcome them.

Read the full article here at

Since his outstanding work, our understanding of germ theory and microbiology has continued to flourish, and nowadays there are many unique and innovative ways to control and reduce bacterial growth and contamination.  Join the conversation – #germtheory  

Step away from the peel-off mat…

8th February 2018

Are you still using peel off‑mats to protect your controlled or sterile environment? Are they not working the way you’d like? Have you thought about a non-disposable option?

Many businesses are now choosing to switch to a longer term solution than peel off or tacky mats, not just because of the environmental implications.

Dycem Contamination Control floor mats service various companies in the Pharma, Biomedical, Nutritional, Packaging, Healthcare, Electronics, Optical sectors, as well as many more.

Contamination Control-Zoning and coverage are two factors for the flooring in many establishments that have cleanrooms or facilities requiring protection from contamination. Having clear visual communication technology that signals the difference in areas in changing rooms, entrances and hallways can help to encourage better practices, avoid human error and actively guide footfall to allow for the maximum possible decontamination of foot & wheel traffic.

This is not just vital in Pharmaceutical or Biomedical facilities. Even for food processing and packaging facilities there is a clear need to mark out areas where staff must pay additional attention to their hygiene.

Our floor mats fully customisable. Dycem can be customised to reflect not only the differences between zones through the use of colour but also with VCT to guide footfall, company logos/branding and custom edging to suit all needs.

The flexibility of Dycem products also extends to size. Because Dycem can be a fitted long term solution, or a customisable mat available in a number of sizes, there is a Dycem solution designed to meet the needs of your facility.

Do peel off or tacky mats effectively cover your entrance/exit points between controlled areas? Are you getting 3 full footsteps in order to remove the maximum amount of particles?

If the answer to all these are no, then Dycem is the solution you need.

Dycem - better than peel off matsThe daily peeling of mats can make your standard operating procedures complicated and time consuming. Not only do daily peels require the attention of a member of staff, they must also be disposed of properly and safely. Dycem CleanZone and WorkZone floor mats are a washable flooring solution, which are easy to clean. Less waste to manage, better for the environment and less time consuming.

All of our products are protected by Biomaster; a silver ion technology that actively inhibits the growth of bacteria. Our custom made and washable systems can easily be built into your protocol, to simplify your SOPs and provide a complete and sustainable zonal concept. No more daily peels and complicated disposal procedures. With Dycem you have total control.

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Contamination risks in automotive and aerospace manufacturing

8th February 2018

Working in the contamination control industry, we are used to working directly with Pharma companies, Healthcare companies, labs, controlled environments and drug processing facilities.

When ‘controlled environments’ are discussed, for most people a Hazmat suit and air looks will spring to mind; brightly lit facilities with strict SOPs and rigorous cleaning schedules to stop the pollution of sensitive products.

So it may come as a surprise to many that auto manufacture facilities can also be classed as controlled environments, and that the same SOPs that apply to clinical trials or drug processing are often applied to building and spraying cars.

There are two main contaminant factors at play in vehicle manufacture:

Firstly, particulate contamination – such as dust and debris reaching the spray painting area and areas where parts are prepared for painting.

When a consumer spends thousands of pounds on a brand new car, the finished result is expected to be perfect. Dust and particles getting into the paintwork may not only damage the aesthetics, but can also cause gaps in the paintwork which would eventually lead to water reaching the chassis/body underneath and rusting to take place. Great lengths are gone to by auto manufacture companies to make sure that these pollutants, which are often air bound or are bought in on the feet and wheels of employees/trolleys, can be removed from the environment in much the same way as a laboratory or other sterile zone. You can see an example of SAAB, a major player in the auto manufacture industry, using a floor level solution to reduce air borne contaminates here.

The second issue is electrostatic discharge, a problem that has been prevalent in the technology industry, as the development of electrical items has rendered them more prone to damage by electro-static. If you want to find out about ESD in detail, please check out our other blog post here, which is a comprehensive overview of ESD in electronics manufacturing.

Electrostatic can cause issues with car electronics in the same ways as for the manufacture of mobile phones, computers, radios and more. Check out our Continental case study here, and see how we have helped global brands to combat ESD.

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Reduce risk of electrostatic discharge (ESD) with Dycem floor mats

8th February 2018

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is caused by a number of factors and is commonly generated by the contact of materials. It can be produced by everyday occurrences, such as a person picking up a piece of polystyrene packaging or walking across a carpet; it can even be caused by dust in the environment.

Positive and negative charges are stored in materials and carried by people. The human body is capable of storing a charge up to 25,000V. This charge is then dissipated (ESD) through the receiving object as the current seeks an unimpeded path. An object’s metal chassis will often act as the conductor for the static to strike, but it can occur through other materials.

Static control is especially critical in the manufacture of electronic assemblies and components such as circuit boards and semi-conductors.

As it is almost impossible to avoid static-generating actions the best way to avoid damage to ESD sensitive equipment is to create an environment that inhibits the build-up of static.

The Benefits of Dycem WorkZone and ESD Installation

Dycem’s contamination control floor mats, which are proven to dissipate static at 108 ohm and reduce the damage it can cause.

Dycem WorkZone has been specially designed to be an effective wheel contamination control method for areas subject to heavy wheeled traffic.

It effectively attracts, collects and retains contamination from the wheels of forklifts, pallet trucks, as well as preventing static and ESD. WorkZone is a scientifically proven solution and our trusted customers include Continental, Visteon and ROHM Electronics. We can support your contractual needs, and provide an efficient contamination control system for your ESD control.

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