Comply with British standards with our wide range of BS EN 1276 products. BS EN 1276 disinfectants and sanitisers are used in food premises that meet the officially recognised standards according to the FSA's E.coli 0157: Control of Cross-contamination Guidance for Enforcement Officers. Astral Hygiene can provide a range of BS EN 1276 certified disinfectants and sanitisers in any quantity. Order online below.


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Selgiene Extreme is effective against enveloped viruses including coronaviruses. Optimal disinfection for use in healthcare, catering and high-risk applications. Kills Norovirus, E. Coli, Swine Flu, HIV, Hepatitis C, MRSA & Clostridium difficile. Passes BS EN 1276, 13704, 1650,14476 & 14675.

Selgiene is ideal for janitorial trade, hospitals, schools, gymnasiums, changing rooms, kitchens, restaurants, bars etc. Food industry, bakers, brewers, confectioners, meat processing plant, food storage areas, delivery vehicles etc. Animal handling, animal housing, agricultural buildings, abattoirs, mortuaries.

Food Safe Hard Surface Wipes, bactericidal and virucidal. These wipes are suitable for food use and on high touch areas to avoid viral transmission , and are accredited BSEN 1276 killing bacteria within 60 seconds. These wipes are also accreddited to BSEN 14476 - killing all enveloped viruses including CORONVIRUS.

Looking for an alcohol based, no rinse surface sanitiser in the fight against Coronavirus? Selden Professional Surface Sanitiser is a sanitiser suitable for use on any water washable surface. This alcohol surface sanitiser has the latest formulation and associated efficacy test data to ensure it is the most effective product in the alcohol sanitiser range. It is certified to EN 1276, EN 13697 and effective according to EN 14476 against enveloped viruses, including Coronavirus.

Cidox Chlorine Dioxide Disinfection Tablets uses the power of ClO2 to make a high level sporicidal disinfection solution that is more powerful, yet uses 10 times less chemicals than equivalent chlorine tablets or bleach. - Powerful disinfection in a small easy to use tablet. Buy online today!

Salvesan - The BEST biocide available. The most effective biocide known, occurs naturally in the human body, and kills a wide range of bacteria and viruses. BS EN 1276, BS EN 14476 among others.

Bactericidal Detergent is specially formulated detergent that passes BS EN 1040 under clean conditions. It kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria. Seldet Bactericidal can be used only for sanitisation.

Effective bactericidal cleaning for all catering, healthcare & other hygiene critical areas. Achieves BS EN 1276 & BS EN 14476 for high-level cleaning. Powerful Cleaner Sanitiser - Fragrance Free - Effective sanitiser - Reduces the risk of cross-contamination and food poisoning - Kills bacteria, effective against Salmonella, Listeria, E-coli, C-diff, Norovirus and MRSA.

Evans Est-eem Kills bacteria and cleans in one application. Conforms to BS EN 1276 & BSEN 14476 - 30 Second Contact and 99.999% bacteria are dead. Order online today.

Evans Chlor tablets are fast dissolving and effervescent and provide an effective disinfectant solution that destroys bacteria, fungi, viruses and spores. Passes BS EN 1276. Ideal for a wide range of applications especially in kitchen, food preparation areas and medical establishments.

Final Touch 750ml Washroom Cleaner sanitiser passes BS EN 1276 at recommended dilution rate & contact time. Removes general soiling from baths, washbasins, showers, toilets & tiles. For use in care homes, surgeries, hotels, schools, leisure centres & wherever there is a risk of cross-infection.

Food Safe Kitchen Cleaner Sanitiser is accredited to BS EN 1276, which is suitable for food use, killing 99.999% of bacteria. Powerful degreasing agents remove grease and grime. Proven to kill MRSA and E.coli. Non tainting and food safe, does not require rinsing. Standard 24 hour UK mainland delivery available

FAQs - BS EN 1276 Cleaning Products

We've answered some commonly asked questions about BS EN 1276 and what it means for your business.

What does BS EN 1276 mean?

The Food Standards Agency has published a guidance documents for all food handlers to prevent the risk of cross-contamination of E-Coli.

As Astral Hygiene are so well versed in food hygiene regulations we can now offer advice and support regarding the safe and most effective use of our products including Cleaner Sanitiser for use on Hard Surfaces, and Bactericidal Detergent for use in water to ensure safe food preparation.

What exactly is BS EN 1276?

BS EN 1276 is a European Standard which ensures that the bactericidal activity of chemical disinfectants are effective against controlling harmful micro-organisms.

All BS EN 1276 chemicals have been tested to ensure they are killing 99.999% of bacteria within 5 minutes. Many of our products here at Astral Hygiene have a contact time of only 30 Seconds, which is a more workable time than 5 minutes in a commercial kitchen. To ensure you are using a BS EN 1276 product correctly and to properly make sure that your product is BS EN certified and it must be used on a hard surfaces. All BS EN 1276 products must kill bacteria such as MRSA, salmonella, E. coli, flu virus (H1N1) and Pseudomonas Aerginosa.

How do I prevent cross contamination?

It is really important that you clean and disinfect all surfaces, chopping boards and equipment thoroughly before and after use.

Hand washing is of paramount importance in conjunction with good hygiene and always keep in raw and ready to eat foods separate. The food standards agency are very concerned about the reduction of the risk of E. coli cross contamination.The disinfection of surfaces can be accomplished using a BS EN 1276 spray. This has a contact time of 30 seconds meaning it will kill most harmful strains of bacteria dead within 30 seconds.

What is the importance of Cleaning as you go?

There is a lot to be said for cleaning as you go because you can use our cleaner sanitiser to sanitise and clean as you go. If you spray then wipe (step 1) the sanitiser on sideboards, then spray and leave it for 30 seconds and then simply wipe it off that area will be sanitised. Do make sure which ever chemical you procure it does say on the back BS EN 1276 or BS EN 13697 and this will keep your environmental health officer very happy if used appropriately.

What BSEN chemicals do I use when washing dishes?

When you are washing dishes you are removing the soil, however it is important to note that you’re not actually killing the bacteria when you wash in this way. To kill the bacteria need to wash the services at a high temperature and maintain that temperature for some time - thermal disinfection. The trouble is washing dishes at a high temperature for a prolonged period of time is it really going to work with you washing with your hands. This is why a commercial dishwasher is the most effective in sanitising your dishes. All environmental health officers and the food Standards agency would advocate that a commercial dishwasher is the best way to sanitise your dishes. Where the dishwasher is unavailable or impractical there is an alternative way.

To obtain the correct level of disinfection you must use a BS EN accredited product to sanitise your dishes. There is a distinction between washing your dishes and sanitising your dishes. We’ll tackle washing your dishes first. Many of us know this is done through using a simple detergent. The sanitisation process is a little more tricky and you must be accurate in both the amount of water that you put in your sink (you must know how many litres it holds) versus the amount of chemical that is introduced into that liquid.

The bactericidal detergent which we recommend here at Astral Has a dilation rate of one part chemical to 100 parts water. So to illustrate that a bit more clearly that would be in a 20 litre sink you would put 200ml of chemical. To ensure you have the correct delusion to kill 99.999% of bacteria. You must also follow the remainder of the instructions on the back of the bottle which detail submerging your dishes in the water for five minutes, pulling them out of the solution and putting them on the newly sanitised draining board to dry. Never wiping them with a tea towel and putting them away on a sanitised surface.

Can I use bleach to clean a chopping board?

In essence the answer to this question is it a definite no. Bleach is a Caustic non-food safe chemical, which will taint your food and potentially leave behind a dangerous residue on the surfaces that you prepare food for your customers.

I only have a small cafe, are these regulations pertinent to me?

Any food handling operative must comply with the guidance on the Food Standards Agency website and they all must use appropriate chemicals to reduce the contamination of E Coli in the food that they serve to their customers.

Everyone should know about the differences between BS EN 1276 and BS EN 14476

Last week I began to briefly discuss all the nuances between the differences between BS EN 1276 products and BS EN 14476 products.
We have learned that coronavirus is an umbrella term encompassing both the common cold and flu and also more severe and pertinent viruses like COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2. We also talked last week about how manufactures are trying to manipulate the audience limited knowledge (i.e YOU) to give the impression that there product does kill COVID because it kills coronavirus, and that it is BS EN 14476 or BS EN 1276 when it has failed the accreditation.
So let’s start at the beginning; BS EN 1276 is a test whereby a chemical is tested on a hard surface. To meet the criteria for this test the chemical MUST be tested on a hard surface. This test would never be used in water, for fogging, on soft furnishings, this test is specific only to hard surfaces. 
There are industry professionals who still get confused with this test and are looking for a bactericidal detergent to sanitise dishes (in essence washing up) and they are looking for a BS EN 1276 product.  This product doesn't exist....  why?    Water is not a hard surface - of course!! 
BS EN 14476 is a standard test which is conducted in a laboratory which proves that the chemical that is being tested contains antiviral ingredients.  This test also demonstrates that the chemical which has earned the BS EN 14476 accreditation kills Poliovirus, Norovirus, Influenza A and adenovirus. 
To have earned the accreditation BS EN 14476, it is a good, well researched chemical, but it does not categorically mean it kills SARS-CoV-2.  There is a brand new test which has recently come out, which all GOOD chemicals are putting themselves through at their own cost to demonstrate effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2.  Notice I am being very specific with my language during this blog, to make sure that everyone understands exactly what I am saying rather than just using vauge terms which could be misunderstood.  
So we we learned last week that manufactures manipulate the test data, to make it seem as though their chemical product has passed the accreditation test.
So when you are putting any chemical through a BS EN test, a pass rate of 99.99% germ killing action means that it has actually failed the test. A pass rate for an accreditation of BS EN 1276 – that being the bacterial killing is 99.999% log reduction of bacteria. Any less than 3 number 9's is a fail after the point.
So in last weeks Vlog I spoke about all the offerings available to you in a little walk around the supermarket.  I invite you to go to the bleach aisle and take a look at the bottles of antibac sprays etc. The amount of bottles that advertise kills 99.99% of germs is astounding.  I find it hard to understand how the manufacturers have come to this conclusion, because the only test available is 99.999% kill rate or they fail.  You'd never get your test data back saying 99.99% - it just isn't done ANYWHERE! This is a dupe, and it infuriates me!
99.99% bacteria kill rate to me is 1. A FAIL and 2. Duping all the people who just want to keep themselves safe!
So we need to be very accurate in terms of what it is that we’re looking for and manufactures need to be very accurate in terms of the claims that they’re making when talking about test rates and particularly test pass rates. Which is just not happening as a whole sector.
I have put a picture below, from a manufacturer and in this picture there’s a lot of test about pass rates.  Before you'd read this blog, you'd probably think yes, this is a good product.  But it is just more mis-advertising.
It says.....'Independently tested to BS EN 14476' oh really ..... impressive 'kills 99.99% of germs and viruses'......hang on a minute, so it failed the BS EN 14476......that's naughty! Then it says 'tested to BS EN 1276 and BS EN 13697'.....but it still says  - 'kills 99.99% of germs and viruses' .... so it failed them too?  It is also saying, kills coronavirus in under 5 minutes ......oh good I'll wait 5 minutes while I spray this probably ineffective chemical (because it failed the tests!) - 5 whole minutes - to not work and then I'll just go about my business.
What kind of coronavirus is this chemical may or may not be killing, the cold, or the flu.... because I'm fairly certain from this advert alone without even seeing the test data with my own eyes it not SARS-CoV-2!
Don't even get me started on the claim about being safe for fogging.......  This is the kind of information, that everybody needs to know, because without this information you would probably be duped into believing this advert that it does kill COVID-19, that it has also passed an official British Standard Assessment, but it has not.
What the manufacturer and the advertisement is saying is not incorrect, but it’s not detailed enough to provide me with evidence to believe that they are chemical is effective in killing COVID-19, and that it carries any accreditation at all, leaving me to believe that this chemical might kill nothing at all. The language that is being chosen in this advert is very concerning to me, and I wouldn't EVER stock this product.
We've created a BS EN 1276 section on our website and a newly created BS EN 14476 section.  Both sections have Frequently Asked Questions so any initial queries can be answered instantly.  You'll be able to find any chemical that has passed the accreditations on these sections of our website.
When we bring in new chemicals, it is only those with the strongest subject matter expertise that make the decision that it is a well researched and appropriately tested chemical that is GOOD enough to be aligned with the Astral Hygiene brand.  Our honesty and integrity in this sector sets us apart, and we are proud of that.
Trust the experts, trust Astral Hygiene.

The virus that effectively shut down the world in 100 days, has taught us a great deal about Hygiene, and particularly how to manage it
The virus that effectively shut down the world in 100 days, has taught us a great deal about Hygiene, and particularly how to manage it. It has also taught us that we need a new strategy, to manage the effects of any future pandemics or breakouts, to slow the spread down without having to shut everything down.

Businesses, individuals; everyone has been through such a difficult and harrowing time over the last 12 months…. so now is the time to devise a plan to counter the effects of new virus outbreaks to allow us to manage it whilst still allowing businesses to function.

In 2007, statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb defined “Black Swan” as an event that “is an outlier,” as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations. Black Swans by that definition are mostly unforeseen, rare, and can be created by geo-political, economic, or from other unexpected events.

To distinguish this COVID 19 event from the other epidemics we have endured recently would make it a Black Swan, but COVID 19 was not a Black Swan, because a Black Swan is an unpredictable  event, but with the seasonal flu, norovirus and colds as frequently present as they are, and our seasoned, relevant and recent experience with pandemics, we should have seen this coming.

We have a society that makes it easy for infectious diseases to spread, we live in close contact, touch shared surfaces and share the same spaces and air. Have you noticed that this year you haven’t had a cold or flu? Most years either myself or my husband get a nasty cold and then we ‘share’ it with the rest of the family, but this year that hasn’t happened.  This is due to increased hygiene procedures that everyone has put in place. When we go to a shared space, we sanitise;  we sanitise everything we touch, shopping trolleys etc and time with other people has been very limited.

The fact that everywhere had to go in to full lockdown across the UK; not once but twice, is a real indication that our hygiene strategy just wasn’t working.  Safe work places need to be an absolute necessity. I blogged a couple of weeks ago about returning to work, and not only shared kitchens need to be managed appropriately, but also work stations, chairs, bathrooms etc.  Going to work, should be safe, and that can only be done through managing hygiene appropriately.

You can only manage hygiene by killing bacteria and virus’ or hand washing, and I blogged last week about making sure that your products carry the appropriate certifications such as BSEN 1276 and BSEN 14476.  I’ve linked our website sections here so that you can see the products we carry which will help you to manage your hygiene appropriately.  It is now more important than ever that everyone is managing their hygiene, and it has become business critical to a lot of businesses that we get through this pandemic without having to go in to lockdown again.   Using appropriately tested, safe and effective products, is where to begin.

As I inferred previously, infection control has to change forever.  Infection control shouldn’t just be something we do in hospitals, it needs to become a way of life.  COVID has permeated everyone’s lives in some way or another, and some people have been altered forever, so we must take a new view on hygiene, and as a population take both individual and collective responsibility for the new hygiene strategy.

We must design our lives and our life styles with hygiene in mind.  Urban design in the 20th Century was shaped by Cholera and War, so is it a sensible conclusion to remark that the 21st Century will be designed around Coronavirus and Climate? More space, wider doors, more green space, more cycling and walking, staggered commutes and start times (Munter and Ackerly) will be the way in which the 21st Century will be designed?

Will the more space approach be the ‘new’ strategy to avoidance of a new pandemic?  Will this be the end of open plan offices, or will a more rigorous approach to cleaning and sanitisation be the answer?

We have been talking about new ways to manage hygiene in the home for while, and the International Forum on Home Hygiene discussed containing the burden of infectious diseases being everyone’s responsibility in 2018 – before this pandemic broke.

This new strategy needs to be created by policy makers, and held up nationally and internationally as a way forward by all countries.  Sadly, as we have seen throughout this years pandemic, it was the divergence of approaches across the world which has lead to the spread of this virus, and the mismanagement of a united approach.

Businesses are looking for more expertise than ever before in terms of advice and guidance. Getting the right advice, specifically tailored to your unique situation or area is key in terms of making your own hygiene strategy.  Making businesses safe for employees to come back rests firmly on employers, and it remains your responsibility to keep your team safe.  Customer safety is also the responsibility of businesses, so in terms of burden that is a lot! Get the right advice, give us a call at Astral, our advice and guidance is free, so please use it!