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Antibacterial ‘Cool Bag for Life’

Launched in the Summer of 2016, this reusable cool bag  has the added peace of mind of an antibacterial inner layer. As with all our cool bags, their main use is to transport frozen or chilled, perishable food safely. With the addition using an antibacterial, the cool bag retains this extra protection for life.

We have developed this product through talking to our customers and understanding what they need from a cool bag. The transportation of fresh meats is an area we realised we could help with. A product such as a fresh packed chicken can still transfer bacteria which, could survive and thrive inside a bag, making them potential source of infection.

Using a revolutionary Biomaster, antibacterial of protection on the inside of our cool bags helps to protect our customers throughout the continual use of the bag.

We now manufacture two versions of the bag, a high performance three layer Insulated version keeps food cool for approximately 4 hours and a high tech 2 layer version which keeps food cool for approximately 1.5 hours. The active antibacterial agent is built into the bag during the manufacturing process, so the protection lasts for the useful lifetime of the bag.

Biomaster protection does not affect the taste or smell of the bag contents in any way. In independent tests, Biomaster antibacterial bags are proven to inhibit the growth of most common types of bacteria including Campylobacter by more than 99%.

Antimicrobial Cool Bags - B&G Products

Antimicrobial Cool Bags - B&G Products

How Effective is Biomaster?

Very. Biomaster is proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria by up to 99.99%.

Is Biomaster safe?

Yes. It is based on silver ion technology, recognised for centuries with no harmful effects. Biomaster is used in medical, food and water applications.

What’s the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?

An antimicrobial inhibits the growth of, or destroys harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and moulds. An antibacterial specifically prevents the growth of bacteria.

Has Biomaster been tested?

Yes, repeatedly. Biomaster is tested to ISO standards. We also undertake on-going quality control tests and environmental trials.

How long is Biomaster effective for?

Biomaster is effective for the intended lifetime of the product it’s added to. It is built into the product and doesn’t wear off or leach out.

Does Biomaster affect a product in any way?

No. You can’t see, smell or even taste Biomaster.

Is Biomaster effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

Yes. Biomaster has been proven to be affective to antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE).

How do I know if a product is Biomaster protected?

Unless it carries the Biomaster symbol, you don’t. Ask if a product is Biomaster protected before you buy it.

Does Biomaster use nano-silver technology?

No. We don’t use nano technology due to ongoing safety concerns.

Why is Biomaster better than other silver based antimicrobial additives?

Biomaster pioneered the use of antimicrobial additives, and remains the recognised leader and most trusted supplier of antimicrobial technology for polymers, textiles, paper, paints and coatings.

Does Biomaster use nano-silver technology?

No. We don’t use nano technology due to ongoing safety concerns.

Why is Biomaster better than other silver based antimicrobial additives?

Biomaster pioneered the use of antimicrobial additives,
and remains the recognised leader and most trusted supplier of antimicrobial technology for polymers, textiles, paper, paints and coatings.

Campylobacter: 10 Facts

Campylobacter (meaning twisted bacteria) is a spiral bacterium commonly found in a wide variety of healthy domestic and wild animals. The bacteria usually live in the intestines of the animal and are shed in the faeces. In humans, food is the most common vehicle for transmission, causing Campylobacteriosis.

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Campylobacter is still number one when it comes to bacterial food poisoning in the UK. It is estimated that every year around 280,000 people suffer from this disease, and on average there are 110 deaths1 – which works out at about 1 every 3 days.

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A recent study by the Food Standards Agency found that 73% of raw retail chickens were contaminated with Campylobacter.2 In real terms this means 463 million chickens a year handled in the home.3

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It is also found on 7% of raw chicken outer packaging4. In real terms this means that almost 9 million contaminated packs of raw chicken are sold in the UK every year.5

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It takes only a very few bacteria to make you ill – as few as 500.6

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As well as raw chicken it is also found in liver (chicken, beef, lamb), unpasteurised milk, wild birds, and there have been associations with eggs.

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The bacteria can survive in a reusable shopping bag for up to 8 weeks, so it can easily transfer to other items in your bag.7

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When you become infected with Campylobacter it takes 2-5 days to show signs of illness, including really painful diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

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It can cause complications such as reactive arthritis and Guillain Barré syndrome.

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Whilst there are outbreaks, most cases appear to be sporadic (one isolated case at a time) and so are generally unreported.

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Children under five and older people are most at risk of severe symptoms due to having weaker immune systems.

1. Food Standards Agency 2015 | 2. Food Standards Agency 2015 | 3. British Poultry Council | 4. Food Standards Agency 2015 | 5. British Poultry Council | 6. British Medical Journal, 282(6276), 1584). | 7. Professor Anthony Hilton, Aston University

Campylobacter: The Solution

Biomaster antibacterial technology reduces food contamination from bacteria – and the risk of food poisoning – at every stage of the food chain from farm to fork.

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Food Packaging

Biomaster Antimicrobial Technology is a proven, ready-made solution for controlling bacterial cross-contamination in food preparation and storage environments. Biomaster inhibits the growth of bacteria, moulds and yeast on the outer packaging of fresh meat, including films, lids and trays. Biomaster can be applied to packaging in a variety of ways depending on customer requirements and the food to be packed. Crucially, the active agents do not affect the food’s organoleptic properties, such as taste and smell.

Antibacterial ‘Cool Bag for Life’

Launched in the Summer of 2016, the Antibacterial Cool Bag is a Reusable Cool Bag used to transport frozen and chilled perishable food you can use for life safely. We have created this bag as the packaging of products, like fresh Chicken, are often transported in a Cool Bag. Bacteria can be transferred, survive and thrive in bags making them a potential source of infection. We now manufacture two versions of the bag, a high performance three layer Insulated version keeps food cool for approximately 4 hours and a high tech 2 layer version which keeps food cool for approximately 1.5 hours. The active antibacterial agent is built into the bag during the manufacturing process, so the protection lasts for the useful lifetime of the bag. Biomaster protection does not affect the taste or smell of the bag contents in any way. In independent tests, Biomaster antibacterial bags are proven to inhibit the growth of most common types of bacteria including Campylobacter by more than 99%.

How Does Biomaster Work?

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