UV-C (as opposed to the sunburn-causing UV-A or UV-B) is a type of ultraviolet light with a
shorter wavelength that damages the molecular structure of bacteria, viruses, and other
pathogens. When it breaks a germ’s genetic code, it prevents that germ from reproducing!
At XGERMINATOR, we have worked closely with engineers to build a machine that achieves
99.9% sanitization of the surfaces of any hard, non-porous grocery item passed through it
Our grocery partners run daily tests with UV-C test strips to ensure that every XGERMINATOR
functions at maximum efficacy, continuously and reliably.
UV-C dosage is set to target a broad range of bacteria, viruses, and microorganisms. The
XGERMINATOR is designed to emit UV-C light at a high-power dosage of 75j/cm2 to deliver
99.9% surface sanitization.
Yes! The XGERMINATOR emits a wavelength of UV-C light at a dosage that inactivates SARS-CoV-2 on a
cellular level. When our machine’s light penetrates a cell of the virus, it damages that cell’s
genetic material and prevents it from reproducing.
COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2. The XGERMINATOR inactivates similar coronaviruses
and it is expected to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions
for use against SARS or MERS on hard, non-porous surfaces.
When you choose an XGERMINATOR aisle at checkout, your groceries will be scanned by a
cashier and then placed on an enclosed conveyor belt. From there, they’ll pass through a
UV-C tunnel to be processed by our built-in, germicidal light.
Once your groceries are exposed to UV-C, there are two options, which vary by store:
1. You may either bag your own items wearing gloves that we provide or sanitize
your hands using a provided liquid hand sanitizer. Choose what works for you!
2. A trained employee wearing fresh gloves and an N95 mask will pack your items
Less than 30 seconds!
No. UV-C light has sanitized surfaces for over a hundred years! Today, UV-C light is a tool
commonly used to disinfect equipment at hospitals and research laboratories as well as
With a high-power dosage of UV-C light, the XGERMINATOR is designed to achieve a dose of 75j/cm2 which results in 99.9%
UV-C light is a proven, targeted approach to sanitization supported by Quantitative
Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) researchers. In many ways, it’s much safer for grocery
items than liquid, alcohol-based sanitizers or bleach because UV-C light is chemical free,
residue free, and therefore food safe.
Also, UV-C light offers automatic, mechanized, no-touch sanitization as opposed to the
manual application of chemical sanitizers. UV-C radiation is designed to sanitize the
surfaces of items with limited chance for human error.
In shared public spaces like retail environments, there are several ways for germs to
spread. Shoppers walk through aisles touching items before purchase as well as talking
and, sometimes, coughing or sneezing. What we know about SARS-CoV-2, specifically, is
that respiratory droplets are a major source of transmission. Although most of us now wear
a protective mask and gloves, and our grocery stores take every safety precaution (by
cleaning frequently and limiting the number of shoppers allowed in store), these strategies
are not foolproof. The XGERMINATOR is designed to offer 99.9% sanitization—and peace
of mind—when your grocery items pass through its non-toxic, germicidal light.
UV-C light is safe so long as you are not in direct contact with it. Our UV-C lamps are fully
contained within the XGERMINATOR’s protective walls. This ensures no leakage or
breakage of lamps and no harmful light exposure if you’re near the machine.
No. UV-C light is non-toxic and therefore food safe. In fact, recent studies show that by
killing foodborne pathogens, UV-C light can extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables,
delaying their spoilage.
No. You cannot safely use UV-C light on your skin and body.
Bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms are invisible to the naked eye. Through daily
machine testing, our grocery partners ensure that every XGERMINATOR machine works at
maximum efficacy, emitting 75j/cm2 of UV-C. With its high-power dosage of UV-C light, the
XGERMINATOR is designed to achieve 99.9% surface sanitization.
The XGERMINATOR is designed to sanitize the outer surface area of any hard, non-porous
grocery item that passes through it. High intensity UV-C light is safe for food products, but
lethal for germs!
No. UV-C light cannot penetrate solid materials like plastic, paper, glass, or metal. With that
in mind, if you’d like to sanitize the surfaces of your fresh produce, place those items on the
conveyor belt without bags. Less plastic is better for the environment anyway!
Yes. The small amount of mercury in our UV-C bulbs is contained in a chamber and
handled safely by our trained employees. The machine is not hazardous to shoppers or
No. The XGERMINATOR is located in grocery stores at checkout and can only be used to
sanitize grocery items.
As long as there is no contamination between the grocery store and your home, you don’t
need to further sanitize your XGERMINATOR-processed items. If a grocery item falls out of
your bag during transit, that item is considered “contaminated”. We suggest you wipe
down that item using a sanitization wipe before bringing it inside your home. Also, keep in
mind the outside of your grocery bags run the risk of contamination and we recommend
wiping them down before bringing them into your home, or unpacking your groceries outside. Finally, we recommend washing
any soft, porous grocery items like reusable dish towels or products made of fabric in a
washing machine prior to use.
Our UV-C bulbs can last up to two years, but we test them daily to ensure maximum
efficacy. With closely monitored light intensity and duration of light exposure inside the
machine, the XGERMINATOR is designed to achieve 99.9% reduction of surface pathogens.
All outer surfaces of items inside the XGERMINATOR are exposed to germicidal, UV-C light.
The aluminum tunnel and inner walls of the machine are reflective and so unless there’s
shadowing from overlapping or folding, the surfaces of grocery items will be processed
with 75j/cm2 of UV-C.
No. Exposure to UV-C light will have no impact on food smells or tastes.
No. UV-C light is not proven to have any effect on food’s nutritional value.
UV-C light does not penetrate materials like plastic, cardboard, glass, or metal and so it will
not affect contained liquids.
The XGERMINATOR is an enclosed and self-protected machine. Your hand will not be
exposed to UV-C because there is no UV-C light leakage.
No. The XGERMINATOR is designed to achieve 99.9% surface sanitization of any grocery
item with one pass.
The XGERMINATOR achieves a high-power dosage of 75j/cm2 UV-C. This UV-C dosage
inactivates several pathogens including Norovirus, MERS, and E Coli. Please refer to The Official Publication of the International Ultraviolet Association linked out below
to learn more about the effects of UV-C on other viruses, bacteria, and
Using special, light-activated test strips, our grocery partners test every XGERMINATOR
daily. The intensity of the UV-C light and the duration of light exposure inside the machine
are monitored to achieve the designed dosage of 75j/cm2 UV-C. This is beyond the dosage required to inactivate viruses, bacteria and pathogens.
The XGERMINATOR is designed to deliver a sanitizing dosage of UV-C to hard, non-porous
materials. That said, we recommend washing any soft, porous items— like those made of
fabric— at home before use.
The XGERMINATOR is built in Ontario, Canada.