British Columbia grocery chain first in Canada to install UV cart cleaner

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VICTORIA – When the front doors of View Royal’s Quality Foods store slide, customers are greeted with something new and illuminating, literally. The Vancouver Island grocery chain says it is the first in Canada to install an ultraviolet light grocery cart cleaning machine.

“He’s gone through a few prototypes,” said Quality Foods president Noel Hayward.

“It’s been lab tested and kills COVID. It’s the cleanest you can find in your basket, ”he said.

The machine, which was designed by construction company PCL, uses “far ultraviolet light” technology to kill germs on the surface of grocery strollers.

According to Quality Foods, light is not harmful to human cells, but kills germs, including the coronavirus.

“Sometimes with disruption comes innovation. It’s one of those times in the grocery industry, ”said Hayward.

The process is straightforward as customers simply take a cart and slide it into the machine.

A small light turns red when the cart has been detected and several bright blue bulbs inside illuminate and kill germs.

The entire process, which also includes customers using disinfectant to clean their hands while their cart is inside the UV sterilizer, takes only about 20 seconds.

Quality Foods has been working with designers for six months to accelerate the technology for a consumer platform.

“You’ve relied on grocery stores to hopefully sanitize your cart before using them, but that just guarantees that to the customer,” said Roger Prive, director of View Royal Quality Foods.

The Vancouver Island grocery chain says if customers offer positive feedback, Quality Foods would like to roll out the sterilizers to all of its stores in British Columbia.

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