Conventional disinfection close to useless …

BBC TV experiment provides damning evidence against regular antibacterial products.


A recent episode of BBC TV’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor has provided a shocking illustration of the limitations of conventional antibacterial products, underlining the need for ACT.Global’s innovative approach to kitchen hygiene.

In an experiment carried out on the show, a kitchen work surface is cleaned with antibacterial wipes. Subsequently, samples are taken at regular intervals over the next 36 hours, analysed by microbial physiologist Dr. Lynn Dover, to assess how quickly microbes return.

The results are dramatic.

“In all cases, there was bacterial and fungal growth after one hour,” Dr. Dover tells presenter Gabriel Weston. The effect of the antibacterial wipes is so limited, in fact, that Dr. Dover says he would expect to find traces of harmful microbes after just two minutes.

The contamination progresses as time passes. After just 12 hours one of the testplates is completely covered in fungi.

The experiment leaves Weston, a practicing surgeon, in no doubt: “using antibacterial products is not affecting our exposure to microbes as much as we thought.”

No matter how well an antibacterial product has cleaned a surface, the bacteria, yeasts, and moulds, that are everywhere in the environment, begin to regrow almost immediately.

Unlike conventional disinfectants, that vaporise within minutes after application, our solution offers long-term protection against microbes, including bacteria, viruses, algae, mould spores and unpleasant odours.

ACT Surface Protect

ACT Surface Protect wet wipes offer a long-lasting alternative to conventional antibacterial wipes. Like other products in the ACT Surface Protect series our wipes are based on a ground-breaking technology: a polymer that adhere to surfaces and a powerful disinfectant. This combination makes a treated surface self-disinfecting for up to 14 days — a dramatic improvement compared to the experiment on the show Trust Me, I’m a Doctor.

Food for thought next time you are in the kitchen preparing a meal.