Press Release

New Zep MicroSolve™ Kills Harmful Microorganisms on Food Contact Surfaces

ATLANTA (DATE) – The food industry now has a new weapon in the fight against Listeria, E. coli, Salmonella and other pathogenic microorganisms.  The chemistry in new Zep MicroSolve™ Disinfectant Cleaner is the only chemistry EPA-registered to disinfect and remove biofilms on food-contact and non-food-contact surfaces including equipment, walls, floors and drains.  It works without the need for labor-intensive scrubbing as is common with other chemical cleaners.

Microorganisms that can cause foodborne illnesses form dangerous, protective biofilms in wet environments like food processing and food service facilities.  Without removing the biofilm matrix, it is impossible to kill the pathogens embedded in it.

“MicroSolve is an effective part of a comprehensive facility sanitation program,” explains Philip Bouchard, Product Marketing Manager-Food, Zep Inc.  “It’s most effective when used as a weekly preventive maintenance strategy but also can be used to deeply disinfect a facility after a microbial contamination problem or outbreak.”

Eliminating Biofilms

When biofilms persist in damp areas like nooks and crannies in floors, walls, tables and equipment, they become resistant to chemical and heat treatment.  While regular facility sanitation can eliminate many of these microorganisms, the pathogens can flourish in hard-to-reach areas.

Zep MicroSolve has advantages over typical disinfectants, which are not effective against typical pathogens in biofilms.  It attacks the biofilm, penetrating and removing it while acting as a bactericide, slimicide and algicide.

The product is easy to mix and use.  It may be applied as a foam or liquid and is “self-scrubbing” when activated, eliminating the need to manually scrub surfaces, thus reducing labor time and costs.  It rinses off easily.  Zep supplies manual and air-operated foamers to apply the product, which is available in 5 gallon and 55 gallon drums.

“The foaming action of MicroSolve™ allows for an extended contact time with surfaces, which is necessary for an effective removal of biofilms,” adds Bouchard.  “In addition, the foam provides visual evidence of full-surface coverage, which in turn, guarantees a complete removal of the biofilm from the surface including from hard-to-reach areas.  Moreover, MicroSolve can be used to keep Clean-In-Place systems free of biofilms and pathogenic microorganisms.”

Food Safety & Sanitation

Zep Inc. is one of the top suppliers of cleaning and maintenance solutions in the food processing industry.  The company serves food manufacturers, processors, restaurants, institutional food service operators, grocers and food retailers with a range of products to keep these operations in compliance with the highest food safety standards.

For more information on the new Zep MicroSolve Disinfectant Cleaner or to learn more about Zep’s complete range of sanitation solutions for the food industry, visit www.zep.com or call 1-877-I-BUY-ZEP (1-877-428-9937).

About Zep Inc.

Zep Inc. (NYSE: ZEP), with fiscal year 2010 net sales of almost $570 million, is a leading producer, marketer, and service provider of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer end-markets.  Zep Inc.’s product portfolio includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, and pest and weed control products, as well as high performance products and professional grade chemical products for the automotive, fleet maintenance, industrial/MRO supply, institutional supply and motorcycle markets.  The Company markets these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional™, Enforcer®, National Chemical® Selig, Misty®, Next Dimension, Petro®, i-Chem® , TimeMist®, TimeWick, MicrobeMax™, Country Vet®, Niagara National™ and a number of private labeled brands.  Some of Zep’s brands have been in existence for more than 100 years.  Zep Inc.’s headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia.  Visit the company’s website at www.zepinc.com.

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