Microbial Risks, Food Safety and Hair - We Reveal All
Posted by Thursday 01 October 2015
Hair nets and anti-microbial treated yarns, why are they used and is there really a need for them?
As part of our new blog and service to you we want to keep you up to date with the latest news when it comes to head coverings and hygiene standards. Our focus this week is on anti-microbial treatments, asking are they really necessary.
It is widely understood that Staphylococcus Aureus, a food poisoning pathogen, is commonly found on human skin and particularly the scalp. Manufacturing of hairnets with anti-microbial treated yarns from the advice of Professor Barry Stevens, FTTS, President of the Trichological Society 2014-2016 is not recommended. According to Professor Stevens, "Hair cannot be eliminated as disease carriers however hand contact with the scalp during food production is probably more likely to act as a carrier therefore a complete head covering is recommended.
- Beware of untested products claiming anti-microbial effect, these may have insufficient coating to be effective.
- Beware of mesh products, they cannot prevent hand contact with the scalp - whether gloved or not.
ABurnet can manufacture hair nets with anti-microbial treated yarns but due to the above advice from Professor Stevens these are not recommended. Anti-microbial yarns have been used in various headwear products for a long time and are therefore not inventive.
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