Peracetic Acid ranks among the most versatile disinfectants. Safe and eco-friendly, it is the chosen decontaminant for medical and food processing industries. The formulation sterilizes all types of hard surfaces and kills bacteria that may result in health issues.
What is Peracetic Acid
Peracetic Acid is a reactive byproduct made from the mix of acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. Acetic acid is the main component in vinegar next to the water. An antiseptic, it has proven capability to counter a broad spectrum of bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide is a known oxidizer and bleaching agent. It is in medical treatment for having antiseptic properties.
The US Environmental Protection Agency approved peracetic acid as an indoor antimicrobial disinfectant in 1985. However, the food processing industry began using the acid way back in the 1950s to clear fungus on fruits and vegetables. The 1980s saw large-scale utilization of the decontaminant to sterilize equipment and storage in medical and other industries.
Peracetic Acid: The Disinfectant
Peracetic acid is a general disinfectant for hard surfaces that are likely to be contaminated with bacteria or viruses. It helps sterilize medical, surgical, and dental equipment. Even automated machines used for sanitization at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities have peracetic acid as its main component.
Dairy, ice cream, winemaking, beverage, and food processing units spray it on their production line, storage, containers, and transport to ensure their products remain safe from any bacterial or viral infection. Water treatment plants use the acid for water decontamination and cleaning of slim deposits. Hatcheries, animal shelters, and veterinary hospitals have the acid as a sterilizer.
Peracetic Acid Benefits
- No harm to the environment
- Reliable, cost-effective disinfectant
- Quick to act, easy to use
- Reduced toxicity