With the current outbreak, it is now more imperative than ever to disinfect; disinfection is a critical process in all industries, particularly those that process, handle, prepare and sell food products. Failure to disinfect leads to spoilage but more importantly, the risks to human and animal health can be very serious, even fatal.
Amphoteric Terminal Disinfectant & Cleaner
Viro Kill is a professional-grade, powerful anti-viral disinfectant and cleaner that is tolerant of hard water. It is supplied in a ready to use formula or a super concentrate. The super concentrate disinfectant dilutes up to 100-1.
The science behind our antiviral disinfectants and sanitizers. One of the main types of biocide used in disinfectant products are called quaternary ammonium compounds; these are abbreviated to QACs or QUATS and both abbreviations are equally accepted. The most common QACs are:
These two QACs are formulated in a wide range of products which are used to sanitise surfaces, plant and equipment, tools, floors, walls and ceilings, vehicles etc. i.e. any hard surface liable to come into contact with food during processing, packaging, storage, transportation and point of sale.
In Europe there has been concern about Maximum Residual Levels (MRLs) of these QACs on food and in 2012 non-statutory guidelines of MRLs of 0.5 mg/kg were issued for BAC and DDAC. In late 2014 statutory MRLs were reduced to 0.1 mg/kg and a transitional period to August 12th 2015 was allowed. Since this date foods produced have been subject to these new MRLs of 0.1 mg/kg.
The result of this tightening up of MRLs has focused attention on QAC-based products and the food industry has responded by requesting alternative products for disinfection. The options are limited to oxidising agents such as Sodium hypochlorite (Bleach), Hydrogen peroxide and Per-acetic acid. These products are corrosive to plant and equipment, have unpleasant odours and are difficult for cleaning operatives to use safely. To solve the problems with QACs and with their replacements we have introduced a product based on an amphoteric surfactant, Viro Kill.
Physical and Chemical Properties
Viro Kill is an aqueous solution of non-ionic and amphoteric surfactants and sequestrants.
Appearance: Clear colourless liquid.
Odour: Very low.
Density: 1.03 g/ cm³
pH @ 20°C: Typical values are: Neat: 11.3, 1%: 10.8
On lightly soiled surfaces, Viro Kill can be used as a single-stage cleaner-disinfectant but on surfaces which have already been cleaned, it can be used as a terminal disinfectant at lower concentrations.
It has been specifically designed for routine sanitising surfaces and used in public buildings, schools, hospitals, surgeries, nursing homes and leisure centres and where good hygiene is a major priority.
Safe to use in food processing, kitchens, food preparation, food transportation and all types of plant and agricultural situations.
Apply by low pressure sprayer (pump-up or trigger spray types), by high pressure washer, by mop and bucket or by immersion in a dip-tank. The longer the contact time the more effective the cleaning and the biocidal action.
As a single-stage cleaner-disinfectant, use at concentrations of 2- 5% depending on the level and age of the soiling. For use as a terminal disinfectant, apply as a 1-2% solution. In some food processing applications, it is the practice to leave this solution on the surface overnight. In all other cases, leave to work for as long as possible then rinse off with clean water
– Viro Kill is widely used through a fogging machine for being effective against an enveloped virus like the current outbreak. Fogging should not be done when there are any animals or humans in the vicinity.