A WIDNES company has launched a product to combat killer diseases in hospitals, nursing homes and doctors' surgeries.

Paul Ward, managing director of JP Filpak, says Germ Warfare is the country's answer to eliminating deadly superbugs MRSA and clostridium difficile - a diarrhoea-inducing infection which is listed on twice as many death certificates as MRSA.

Mr Ward's company, which has been trading for more than three years at its West Bank base, as well as having a manufacturing plant in Preston, has the backing of a multi-million-pound investor. It has racked up more than 250,000 orders in recent months.

Mr Ward, a former army medic, said: 'The company is going from strength to strength and evidence of that is that we have just taken four members of staff on. 'We started off small but now we have a 6,000ft2 unit.

'Germ Warfare is a superb product and we regard it as a breakthrough in the battle against superbugs.'

Germ Warfare's range includes an odour eliminator and freshener, hand soap and hand mousse. Mr Ward is also developing a product to go on clothing and disposable hand wipes.

'We are trying to tap into the NHS but that market is dominated by huge companies,' he said. 'But we have faith in the products we supply.'