These new formulations have been tested against a number of organisms including MRSA, E. coli and Aspergillus niger. d2p (AF) has been shown to inhibit the growth of fungi, bacteria, mildew and algae that can lead to discolouration, staining and odours.
By incorporating these into packaging, it can increase shelf-life of products (e.g. bread), and reduce the need for preservatives whilst still retaining the functional properties of the plastics. These formulations can be put into products that are the most likely to transfer microbes such as table tops, kitchen utensils, WC seats and even credit cards.
"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.This development is a creative leap into combating the threat of resistances to antibiotics and anti-fungals.
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