Central Food Hall Sends Robots to Clean Stores

The robots use UV-C to sanitize the stores to eliminate germs, including coronavirus.

April 03, 2020

BANGKOK, Thailand—The Central Food Hall supermarket chain has turned to robots to disinfect stores as part of its fight against the coronavirus, Inside Retail Asia reports. The robots use UV-C to sterilize stores.

The UV-C light reaches 360 degrees and destroys more than 99.99% of all pathogens nearly instantaneous. The robot currently is only disinfecting the Central Food Hall location in the central Chidlom area of Bangkok while the store is closed. The chain indicated it would be employing the robots at other Central Food Hall and Tops Market locations soon.

The technology has been used for more than three years at Thai factories, companies, hotels, schools and hospitals. Testing indicates the light doesn’t have any harmful side effects on products or food.

UV-C light has been approved by the Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Soil Association (Organic Lobby) as an effective method of disinfection, the Nation Thailand reports.

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