By Liz White, UT contributing editorSan Diego, California-Wilshire Technologies has developed a new type of glove for the food processing sector, which it claims is washable, cost effective, and more durable than other types. The durability helps protect workers' hands and prevent food contamination, and also means the polyurethane gloves are far less likely to disintegrate, reducing the risk that bits of glove could end up in packaged food, the company said. Wilshire claims the new gloves, made with DuPont's Lycra polyurethane elastomer, are more durable that other common types, including latex, vinyl and nitrile gloves. Another bonus, according to Wilshire, is that the Duraclean-brand gloves do not "contain chemical additives, surfactants or accelerators that can flake off the glove and contaminate the food."In comparison to latex and other commodity glove types, Wilshire also claims the gloves can be "safely laundered and reused multiple times." Using standard hand-washing and sanitising protocols on the gloves produces no change in strength or cleanliness, and the glove's smooth surface prevents adherence of food or bacteria, the company says. "