Preventive Measures to Stop the Spread of Foot and Mouth Disease

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Tennessee Mat Company, Inc.

    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Although drastic measures have
 been taken in Britain and across Europe to stem the outbreak of foot and mouth
 disease, it is still a major concern and there have been some recent scares in
 the US as well.  For those of us who believe that the hamburger is an
 important part of our culture, it is comforting to know that there are
 practical and economical methods for reducing the probability that the disease
 will spread.
     Tennessee Mat Company, Inc., a local manufacturer of safety and ergonomic
 floor mats, offers a product designed to reduce some of the hazards associated
 with food processing.  For over ten years, its Sanitizing Footbath Mat has
 been keeping food processing and adjoining areas free of contamination and
 germs.  As a worker leaves their work area, they step on the mat and sanitize
 their shoes or work boots.  This mat is a molded rubber with thousands of
 pliable rubber scrapers that dislodge contaminants from footwear.  The thick
 edges act as a dam and allow the mat to hold up to one gallon of chlorine or
 quaternary disinfectant solution.  When foot pressure is applied, pliable
 rubber tips bend, immersing shoe soles in the disinfectant solution.  These
 mats are placed at the doorways leading into and from food processing areas
 thus insuring that germs and other contaminants are not carried into or out of
 the prep areas.
     According to one source at the USDA it takes just one minute to sanitize
 workers shoes and prevent the spread, if this virus exists in the meat that is
 being processed.  After one minute of immersion in the quaternary solution, it
 is safe for the worker to wipe their shoes off and step off the mat.
     Since the germs associated with foot and mouth disease are a big threat in
 fields and rural areas, many public establishments and transportation
 companies in Britain and across Europe have taken the extra precaution of
 providing mats to sanitize patrons' feet.  It is critical that airlines, buses
 and trains, especially those that service a variety of countries, provide this
 measure to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease.
     The Sanitizing Footbath Mat is available through Tennessee Mat Company,
 Inc. worldwide distribution network.
     For more information on how to purchase this mat or any of our other
 products please contact us:
     Lisa O'Dell
     Director of Marketing
     Tennessee Mat Company
     1414 Fourth Avenue South
     Nashville, Tennessee 37210-4123
     615.254.8381(voice)
     615.255.4428 (fax)
     www.wearwell.com
 
 

SOURCE Tennessee Mat Company, Inc.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Although drastic measures have
 been taken in Britain and across Europe to stem the outbreak of foot and mouth
 disease, it is still a major concern and there have been some recent scares in
 the US as well.  For those of us who believe that the hamburger is an
 important part of our culture, it is comforting to know that there are
 practical and economical methods for reducing the probability that the disease
 will spread.
     Tennessee Mat Company, Inc., a local manufacturer of safety and ergonomic
 floor mats, offers a product designed to reduce some of the hazards associated
 with food processing.  For over ten years, its Sanitizing Footbath Mat has
 been keeping food processing and adjoining areas free of contamination and
 germs.  As a worker leaves their work area, they step on the mat and sanitize
 their shoes or work boots.  This mat is a molded rubber with thousands of
 pliable rubber scrapers that dislodge contaminants from footwear.  The thick
 edges act as a dam and allow the mat to hold up to one gallon of chlorine or
 quaternary disinfectant solution.  When foot pressure is applied, pliable
 rubber tips bend, immersing shoe soles in the disinfectant solution.  These
 mats are placed at the doorways leading into and from food processing areas
 thus insuring that germs and other contaminants are not carried into or out of
 the prep areas.
     According to one source at the USDA it takes just one minute to sanitize
 workers shoes and prevent the spread, if this virus exists in the meat that is
 being processed.  After one minute of immersion in the quaternary solution, it
 is safe for the worker to wipe their shoes off and step off the mat.
     Since the germs associated with foot and mouth disease are a big threat in
 fields and rural areas, many public establishments and transportation
 companies in Britain and across Europe have taken the extra precaution of
 providing mats to sanitize patrons' feet.  It is critical that airlines, buses
 and trains, especially those that service a variety of countries, provide this
 measure to prevent the spread of foot and mouth disease.
     The Sanitizing Footbath Mat is available through Tennessee Mat Company,
 Inc. worldwide distribution network.
     For more information on how to purchase this mat or any of our other
 products please contact us:
     Lisa O'Dell
     Director of Marketing
     Tennessee Mat Company
     1414 Fourth Avenue South
     Nashville, Tennessee 37210-4123
     615.254.8381(voice)
     615.255.4428 (fax)
     www.wearwell.com
 
 SOURCE  Tennessee Mat Company, Inc.