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New Healthcare Partner Southmedic

March 12, 2013. "Chrisal Canada is pleased to announce their newest partnership with Southmedic for the Canadian distribution of Chrisal products in the healthcare sector. Southmedic was recently awarded the proud honour of "One of Canada's Best Managed Companies". They distribute and manufacture innovative healthcare care solutions globally, from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia to the Pacific Rim."  To learn more about Southmedic please go to www.southmedic.com 

How to Buy Chrisal Products

Shopping iconYou can now buy Chrisal  consumer products direct from us.

 

Click on the link to the right to make your product request.

 

Available products include BioMist, BioClens, All Purpose Cleaner, and StaBiotic Mist.

 

New Exclusive Agriculture Distributor Source Probiotics Ltd.

June 1, 2014. Our new national agriculture distributor Source Probiotics Ltd. stocks Chrisal probiotic cleaning products for use by all types of agricultural operations. Source Probiotics is now establishing agricultural dealerships across Canada. If your company has an interest in carrying Chrisal products for agriculture contact Source Probiotics.

www.sourceprobiotics.com

 

What's New:

In July 2013 the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published a report entitled " Point prevalence survey of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals 2011–2012".  Conducted in more than 1 000 hospitals in 30 European countries, the survey provides the most comprehensive database on healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial use in European acute care hospitals to date.

The report estimated that on any given day, about 80 000 patients – or one in 18 patients – in European hospitals have at least one healthcare-associated infection.

Click on this link to download a copy of the report (22MB).

This is not just limited to Europe. In 2009 Douglas Scott, an economist with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a report entitled "The Direct Medical Costs of Healthcare-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention".

The report stated:

Applying two different Consumer Price Index (CPI) adjustments to account for the rate of inflation in hospital resource prices, the overall annual direct medical costs of HAI to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 to $33.8 billion (after adjusting to 2007 dollars using the CPI for all urban consumers) and $35.7 billion to $45 billion (after adjusting to 2007 dollars using the CPI for inpatient hospital services). After adjusting for the range of effectiveness of possible infection control interventions, the benefits of prevention range from a low of $5.7 to $6.8 billion (20 percent of infections preventable, CPI for all urban consumers) to a high of $25.0 to $31.5 billion (70 percent of infections preventable, CPI for inpatient hospital services).

Click on this link to download a copy of the Report (710 KB).

There have been two recent presentations on TED that are very appropriate to Chrisal.

The first is by Dr. Jessica Green of the University of Oregon and is entitled "Are we filtering the wrong bacteria?"  To view this video, click here.

The second is by Dr. Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University and is entitled : "How bacteria talk". To view this video click here.

Website updated: February 10, 2014

Current News:

Retail Stores Now Offering Chrisal Products

There are now several retail stores in BC and Alberta offering Chrisal products.

These include:

 Whole Foods Market
 1770 - #103 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A5G9
 Tel: (250) 493-2855
 www.pentictonwholefoods.com
 
 First Choice Health Foods,
 B 8511 Main St, Osoyoos, BC V0H1V0 
 Tel: 250-495-5320


 Simply Delicious
 
3419 31Street, Vernon, BC V1T2H6.
 250-542-7500  
 www.simply-delicious.ca


Grass Roots Health Hut
5-3305 Smith Dr, Armstrong, BC V0E1B1            
250-546-8622
 
The Frame Up

 1920A Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC
 Tel: 250-595-4244

 Ocean Odyssey Inland
 
10027 167 St. Edmonton, AB T5P3W3
 Tel: 780-930-1901
 www.oceanodysseyinland.ca

 Nutters Bulk and Natural Foods
 4810-50 Ave, Olds, AB, T4H1P8
List updated March 5, 2014

 

Recent Events:

Training for Custodial Staff

Chrisal Canada ULC believes that custodial staff should be professionally trained to reach maximum effectiveness.  We recommend Servitech Training to achieve that end.  Click on this link to their website to learn more.

   Improving Hygiene and Minimizing Infection Risk

In use since 2006, Chrisal probiotic cleaning products reduce the risk of infection as well as the need for antibiotics.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website.  We are a company with an exciting technology that some have said is the biggest leap forward in cleaning since the introduction of detergents over 70 years ago. 

Instead of using poisons to control microorganisms, we use probiotic bacteria to achieve a high level of cleanliness in addition or controlling odours.

Our exclusive Stabiotics™ technology of stabilizing the probiotic bacteria ensures that even after a year on the shelf,  the Chrisal bacteria will be viable and ready to work when the concentrate is diluted with ordinary tap water.

Following is a video that will help you learn about the probiotic advantage. While the video focuses on healthcare, Chrisal products can be used almost anywhere; from healthcare to hospitality, and agriculture to education, recreation, and personal care.

 

After viewing the video please read the following to learn more.

A. Unlike antimicrobial products, Chrisal probiotics will not contribute to the development of resistance in bacteria.

B. In order to avoid that development of resistance, none of the Chrisal products has any direct biocidal action towards other organisms.

C. Our unique mechanism of action is based on the principle of ‘competitive exclusion’, combined with an influence on the ‘quorum sensing’ communication between pathogenic organisms, and breakdown of biofilm.

D. The principle behind competitive exclusion is that during the cleaning procedure aChrisal bacillus bacteria layer of beneficial bacteria is placed on the treated surface, and immediately occupies the surface with "good" bacteria.  They occupy all of the space and consume all remaining food sources, leaving nothing behind for potential pathogenic invaders looking for space and food.  These beneficial PIP bacteria are much more active and out-compete other organisms. The image to the right is a scanning electron micrograph of Chrisal bacillus bacteria on surface. The image was taken with a magnification of 10,000 and clearly shows the individual bacterial cells.

E. "Quorum Sensing" is an extremely fast means of communication between bacteria, using species-specific signal molecules.  When the Chrisal bacteria are applied to the surface, an overwhelming competition for space, food and moisture is established, along with a flood of Chrisal's signaling molecules. This immediately results in the pathogenic and odor-causing bacteria, informing each other through quorum sensing that conditions have become unfavorable for growth, leading to them enter a dormant phase, not produce biofilm and allow their subsequent removal.

F. Once applied Chrisal bacteria immediately start to dis-assemble the biofilm that was created by pathogens and other bacteria. It is this very biofilm that serves to protect colonies of harmful bacteria, as well as hold dirt, support viruses and other problematic substances. The following text gives more information.

To learn more about the mechanisms by which Chrisal products work, download the document Probiotic Hygiene- The Basics. It was written by Dr. Robin Temmerman, the CEO of Chrisal in Belgium. Dr. Temmerman has a PhD in Microbiology  from Ghent University and is one of the developers of the Chrisal Stabiotic™ technology.

Disinfectants and Biofilms

 The effectiveness of disinfectants is determined by standardized tests, and the Government of Canada has released a Guidance Document for Disinfectant Drugs which may be found at:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/applic-demande/guide-ld/disinfect-desinfect/disinf_desinf-eng.php .

The problem with using the information above to determine if disinfectants are effective is that laboratory tests are often not an indicator of what happens in true life. Many species of bacteria build biofilm around themselves which can drastically reduce the effectiveness of the disinfectant.

In a paper published in 2011 in the journal Biofouling: The Journal of Bioadhesion and Biofilm Reasearch, Bridier et al reviewed the past research and stated:

“It is now generally accepted that the biofilm growth mode induces microbial resistance to disinfection that can lead to substantial economic and health concerns.”

The paper cited that there are a variety of factors at play here: 

1.    ...The formation and maintenance of mature biofilms are intimately linked to the production of an extracellular matrix (Branda et al. 2005; Ma et al. 2009). The multiple layers of cells and EPS may constitute a complex and compact structure within which biocides find it difficult to penetrate and reach internal layers, thus hampering their efficacy. 

2.    ...But because biocides are often highly chemically reactive molecules, the presence of organic matter such as proteins, nucleic acids or carbohydrates can profoundly impair their efficacy (Lambert and Johnston 2001) and potential interactions between antimicrobials and biofilm components seem more likely to explain the limitations of penetration into the biofilm. 

3.    ...some results have shown that despite an effective penetration of a biocide into a biofilm, only a low level of inactivation was achieved (Stewart et al. 2001). Moreover, the resistance of a S.aureus biofilm to a QAC could, to a great extent, be attributed to phenotypic modifications to cells rather than the protective presence of an EPS matrix (Campanac et al. 2002). These findings highlight the existence of additional mechanisms involved in biofilm resistance. During a disinfection process, the reaction-diffusion limited penetration of biocides into a biofilm may result in only low levels of exposure to the antimicrobial agent in deeper regions of the biofilm. Biofilm cells will therefore develop adaptive responses to sub-lethal concentrations of the disinfectant. Increased survival following the same QAC shock was reported in adapted Pseudomonas aeruginosa, alongside concomitant modifications to membrane composition (Jones et al. 1989; Mechin et al. 1999).

4.    Moreover, cross-resistance to other QACs (Mechin et al. 1999) or to antibiotics (Braoudaki and Hilton 2004) has been reported for adapted cells. 

 This resistance is very significant in that research has shown that bacteria such as  E. Coli, S aureus, P. aeruginosa in their biofilms may exhibit resistance coefficients up to 1000 times that of their planktonic  brethren.

 To access the paper go to http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08927014.2011.626899 .

The Chrisal approach has several main advantages.

1. It provides a stable solution to problems with pathogens and no resistance can be developed. The only demand set by this method is that the frequency of cleaning is kept constant, but at the same time, allows for up to several days between each cleaning, which is far more time than any other cleaning methodology.

2. While the total number of microorganisms will tend to remain the same after treatment; it is the good bacteria replacing the bad.

3. Most cleaning chemicals, including disinfectants only work while they are wet, then become inert.  Chrisal bacteria live for 3 to 5 days beyond application and continue to clean and deodorize for that period of time.

4. Unlike Chrisal products, disinfectants have an unspecific biocidal action; killing both good and bad micro-organisms. This results in a surface actually more conducive to rapid colonization in a very limited time frame. Each disinfection procedure leaves organic matter behind that serves as protein and carbohydrate sources creating fuel to sustain the fast re-colonization of the surface.  Disinfection also removes the normal beneficial bacteria that serve to hold back pathogen growth through competitive exclusion.  Using these energy resources created by disinfectants, pathogens can multiply from one to a population of one million cells within 8 hours.

We Offer Science-Based Products that:

  1. Clean to the Microscopic Level
  2. Reduce Odors
  3. Competitively Exclude Pathogenic and Odor-Causing Bacteria
  4. Are Safe for Workers
  5. Are Environmentally Neutral

Recently there have been a number of widely recognized scientists that have publicized the idea of using "good bacteria to offset the "bad" bacteria in our environment.  Please take a few minutes to listen to both of the following presentations from TED.

 

 
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