05 December 2005 00:01 [Source: ICB]
Independent testing of new and existing microbiocides marketed by Dow Biocides has highlighted possible usefulness in preventing the spread of avian flu. The tests, by a laboratory in Alabama, US, show Dow’s Glutex and Ucarsan sanitisers and antimicrobials completely inactivate the H5N1 virus with dilution rates as low as 500ppm when tested at 20-24°C over a 5 minute exposure period.
Both Glutex and Ucarsan products are based on glutaraldehyde, a potent broad-spectrum compound with a long track record as an antimicrobial. New Glutex antimicrobials launched last month by Dow Biocides are a range of pre-formulated, ready-to-use compounds combining glutaraldehyde with the patented GX+ complex from independent biotech company GX Laboratories, based in Ireland.
This combination of properties increases the potency of the biocide, while minimising problems such as skin irritation and sensitisation, the company claims.
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