German expertise keeps medical equipment coronavirus free

Germany's healthcare industry is contributing know-how to keeping hospital food-service and medical equipment free of the novel coronavirus. The multi-national company Meiko's warewashing and mask disinfection technologies have recently been certified as effective against the new pathogen.

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Headquartered in Offenburg, but with subsidaries around the globe – including in the US and China, Meiko has recently had its technologies certified as effective against the new virus by an independent certification laboratory HygCen. The accredited, recognized test lab in Schwerin provides analysis according to national and international standards, including EN ISO / IEC 17025 and the European directives 93/42/EWG and 90/385/EWG.

Meiko has nearly a century of experience in developing and manufacturing disinfection systems, including warewashing and medical products. In March, HygCen certified Meiko's cleaning and disinfection device TopClean M as a safe means of inactivating SARS-CoV-2 on masks and breathing apparatus of personal protective equipment.

Earlier in the year, the company announced that its washware technology was found to leave dishes and cutlery free of coronavirus after just one wash cycle. At that time, Meiko's managing director, Stefan Scheringer said, "With our technology and expertise we want to – and we can – try to help to put the virus in its place."

One of the factors that makes Meiko a world-leader in cleanliness and sterilization technology is a dedication to research and development (R&D). In 2019, the economic research facility Prognos AG and the FAZ Institut – a market intelligence company owned by the publishers of one of Germany's leading business newspapers – named Meiko as an innovation leader in green technology.

Meiko's CTO, Dr. Thomas Peukert, explained the company's ethos, "A spirit of ingenuity is the imperative requirement for a self-made technological lead. In order to maintain this technological lead, a company must create a climate in which things can be freely developed and not shy away from the effort to have the results of this work patent protected. At Meiko, that's simply the way we do things …."

Meanwhile, Meiko China has donated dishwashing and cleaning and disinfection machines to Huanggang, one of the cities most severely affected by the covid-19 outbreak. In earlier pandemics, Meiko made donations in the form of technical solutions to support the stricken regions.

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