Symphony tackles threat of antibiotic-resistant bugs

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Related tags: Bacteria, Antibiotic resistance

Anti-microbial plastic reduces threat of anti-resistant bugs
Anti-microbial plastic reduces threat of anti-resistant bugs
Symphony Environmental Technologies has developed anti-bacterial and anti-fungal formulations which can be put into plastic products during manufacturing, claiming it will help prevent the spread of infection.

d2p (AB) is an anti-bacterial formulation tested against more than 50 organisms including MRSA, E.coli, salmonella, listeria, pseudomonas and aspergillus niger.

d2p (AF) inhibits the growth of fungi, bacteria, mildew and algae that can cause discoloration, staining and odours.

It can increase shelf-life of bread and other foods, and reduce the need for preservatives, whilst maintaining the aesthetic and functional properties of plastic products, claims the firm.

The news comes on the back of Dame Sally Davies, the UK’s chief medical officer, claiming that there is a “catastrophic threat​” of resistance to antibiotics.

"If we can no longer rely on antibiotics we have to deal with the bacteria before they get into our bodies​” said Michael Laurier, Symphony’s CEO.

“d2p is urgently needed in food packaging, table-tops, kitchen utensils, WC seats, telephones and in other plastic products likely to transfer microbes, such as credit cards.”

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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