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13 Sep


New Zealand Politician Calls For Disinfectant Mat Use At Borders

September 13, 2017 | By |

With the tree fungus Rapid Ohia Death looming at New Zealand’s door, is it time for New Zealand’s government to up its game and take action before it is too late?

Richard Prosser, MP and Spokesperson for Biosecurity for the New Zealand First Party, has spoken out in a recent press release about the spread of Rapid Ohia Death (ROD), a tree fungus he reports has devastated forests in Hawaii. He states that ROD has now been detected in Tahiti and suggests that it could reach New Zealand shortly.

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13 Jan


What kind of Disinfectant should be used in my Disinfection Mat?

January 13, 2017 | By |

Disinfectants are antimicrobial agents that are applied to the surface of non-living objects to destroy micro-organisms present on them. Sweetmat Disinfection Mats provide a universal applicator for a range of agents.

A perfect disinfecting agent would offer complete and full microbiological sterilisation, without harming humans or animals, be inexpensive and non-corrosive…  BUT not all disinfectants are suitable for all purposes and you need to make the best choice based on your situation requirements.

Some disinfectants have a wide spectrum action (killing many different types of micro-organisms), while others kill a smaller range of disease-causing micro-organisms but are preferred for other properties (they may be non-corrosive, non-toxic or inexpensive).

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12 Nov


Disinfection Mats used to prevent Animal Infectious Diseases entering Japan

November 12, 2016 | By |

Currently, there are outbreaks of virulent domestic animal infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) and avian influenza (H5N1) in various countries around the world.

If an animal infectious disease were to enter a country which is otherwise disease-free, it will not only cause serious damage to that countries livestock industry but will also result in enormous socio-economic losses and have long-term effects such as reduced animal productivity and restrictions on international trade in animal products.

In 2010 Japan experienced an out break of FMD which affected cloven-hoofed animals including cattle, swine, sheep, goat & wildlife species and resulted in the culling of 290,000 cattle beasts.  Thankfully, Japan was able to contain the spread of the highly-contagious disease and can now claim to be FMD free but many lessons were learnt.

To future safeguard against animal infectious diseases entering Japan the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) has introduced new border biosecurity measures including the use of Disinfection Mats.

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11 Sep


Only the Best for Rio Olympic Horses

September 11, 2016 | By |

No expense was spared in providing luxury accommodation for some athletes competing in Rio.

Rio Olympic Equine Centre

Rio Olympic Equine Centre

The five­ star residence was at the Olympic Equestrian Centre where 270 horses arrived from around the world in customized pallets on charter flights.

From the airport the special cargo, whose value runs into millions of dollars, were transported to their boutique Rio resort.

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10 Apr


Disinfection Mats Aide Animal Lameness Program

April 10, 2016 | By |

Sheepmat Sweetman Disinfection Mat (2)

Recently New Zealand farmers employed Sweetmat Disinfection Mats in their livestock lameness prevention program.

Hoof and foot care is an important aspect of farm animal management as diseases that affect animal health and welfare have a negative effect on farm productivity.

Sweetmat Disinfection Mats have developed a range of products specifically designed for animal use and in this case, the farmers utilized the Sheepmat to aide in the treatment of their sheep flock for Foot Rot.

Foot Rot in sheep and goats is a painful, debilitating bacterial infection of the foot that can lead to severe production losses and increased culling of animals. Treatment of Foot Rot can be expensive, time-consuming and back-breaking work so the best way of preventing Foot Rot is to avoid introducing it to your farm to begin with.

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19 Feb


New Purpose-Built Facility Opens

February 19, 2016 | By |

Sweetmat Disinfection Mats have recently moved into their new, purpose-built manufacturing facility in Cambridge, New Zealand. The new building has nearly 1,000 m2 of manufacturing and warehousing space, spread across two levels.

Sweetmat Disinfection Mat Facility Opens (4)
Sweetmat Disinfection Mat Facility Opens (6)

The need for a new facility and increased capacity has been driven by growing worldwide demand and awareness for Sweetmat products within the Agriculture, Biosecurity and Sanitation industries.

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08 Feb


Research & Development Partners Wanted

February 8, 2016 | By |

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Disinfection Mat Development

We are currently on the search for innovative businesses in the Waikato region of New Zealand to trial a selection of disinfection mats we are in the process of developing.

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03 Feb


Disinfection Mat Effectiveness Study

February 3, 2016 | By |

An observational study into the effectiveness of Disinfection Mats to minimise shoe sole contamination in Vet Clinics was undertaken by the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.

They wished to determine the effectiveness of using a Disinfection Mat filled with peroxygen compound to prevent mechanical transmission of bacteria via contaminated footwear of individuals entering and exiting an animal ward and common vet teaching hospital corridor.

Vet Waiting Room
Hospital Hallway


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07 Aug


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Disinfection Mats Save New Zealand Native Kauri Tree

August 7, 2015 | By | No Comments

UPDATED 9 January 2017

MWDesign Stop Kauri Dieback


UPDATED 11 August 2016

Kauri dieback study to track disease in Waitakere Ranges


The New Zealand native Kauri tree is amongst the worlds most magnificant trees- true giants of the forest that typically living for 1,000-2,000 years.  But they are in danger as they fight to stay alive against ‘Kauri Dieback’ disease. Kauri Dieback is a fungus-like plant pathogen Phytophthora Taxon Agathis (PTA) made up of microscopic spores that live in soil.

It is easily spread from infected areas with footwear, wildlife, bikes, vehicles and outdoor equipment all being capable of carrying the Kauri Dieback disease to healthy areas of Kauri forest.

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Kauri Dieback Logo

The New Zealand Department of Conservation is being vigilant to prevent the spread of the disease by creating biosecurity checkpoints around infected areas.

Sweetmat Disinfection Mats are being used at these checkpoints alongside other biosecurity measures.

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