Compiled By Dave Schafer Hobart Corp. and Huntersville, N.C.-based Microban Products Co. are teaming up to fight the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi on equipment in the food industry. Hobart, headquartered in Troy, Ohio, says it is incorporating Microban antimicrobial product protection into its Hobart 2000-Series slicers. The protection is added to the slicer's external plastic components during the manufacturing process in the same fashion as color, says Hobart, a manufacturer of commercial food equipment. This new offering provides an added level of product protection when used in conjunction with normal cleaning practices, Hobart says. According to the company, Microban technology works to continually inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi, helping to maintain a lower level of odor and stain-causing microorganisms. It doesn't protect against food-borne bacteria. Hobart says the two companies are evaluating how the antimicrobial product protection may be utilized in other Hobart product lines.