Creating a safer dining environment will continue to be one of the most important foodservice objectives throughout 2021. Even though some regions of the country are facing indoor dining restrictions, dining rooms will eventually reopen. Making them safe will be critical for customer confidence — even as vaccines begin to take hold — and it’s important to understand why.
Coronavirus is airborne, which is one of the three most prevalent ways it spreads. This means if airborne contaminants are controlled and mitigated, so, too, is the spread of COVID-19 and other harmful airborne viruses.
So how can you create an improved hygiene protocol without major construction or expensive HVAC modifications?
Our Viral Kill UV air purification units allow restaurants and other foodservice operations to remove potentially infectious airborne elements from the air without the need for a filter. Instead, Bluezone units actively pull indoor air into a reaction chamber and potentially contaminated air is scrubbed by a patented ultraviolet germicidal light process that destroys the RNA of the of the COVID-19 virus. RNA is a genetic blueprint that allows the virus to reproduce, so when it’s destroyed, so is the ability for reproduction.
The successful results were confirmed in a study conducted in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Good Laboratory Practices. In order to accurately assess how good Bluezone is in combatting COVID-19, loads of aerosolized MS2 bacteriophage were studied, which is a historical surrogate for influenza and is now considered as a surrogate for coronaviruses like SARS-CoV-2 because of genetic similarities.
Measurements were taken with both the Bluezone unit turned off and then fully operating over different periods of time (at 15, 30, and 60 minutes). The results showed the Bluezone units are effective in killing and delivering a rapid reduction in viable MS2. This innovative technology destroys 99.9995% of viruses and other indoor contaminants. The Bluezone food preservation technology won a U.S. Army Achievement Award and was successfully installed in U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Bluezone air purification technology is tried and true.
The Importance of Bluezone Technology
The FDA along with the Department of Homeland Security and the Center for Disease Control have recommended the use of UV technology to help limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 via airborne contamination. As part of a comprehensive solution, Middleby is eager to launch Bluezone as we look to become part of the recommended hygiene protocol for creating safer indoor dining environments.
Even after we reach critical mass with vaccinations and other processes, it will continue to be important to create consumer confidence with important virus mitigation efforts, and Bluezone is expected be part of that hygiene solution.
Bluezone UV Air Purification Systems Blend Into Your Restaurant Environment
We offer a variety of integration options for your restaurant. Let’s take a look at each one.
Viral Kill 450 In-Ceiling Mount System
Viral Kill 450 Lectern System
The Bluezone Viral Kill 450 Lectern system is perfect for front of the house where the host seats guests, especially since that is a high traffic area.
Viral Kill 450 48″ Credenza System
The Bluezone Viral Kill 450 48″ Credenza system is attractive and can double as a display table.