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What is Peracetic Acid?

What is peracetic acid?Peracetic acid is an organic compound in a colorless liquid form which has been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for use as a disinfectant. US EPA has identified peracetic acid as a “green disinfectant” as it has been proven to eliminate infectious agents efficiently and reliably without producing toxic, mutagenic, or carcinogenic disinfection by-products (DBPs) or residues that have adverse environmental effects. Please click here for more information about Biosan EPA-Registered Peracetic Acid Products.

Peracetic acid is used as a powerful antimicrobial agent for disinfection and sterilization in a wide range of cleaning applications due to its ability to penetrate bacterial biofilm. It is highly effective against bacteria because of its high oxidizing potential and efficacy against a broad range of microorganisms, viruses, and spores. Please click here for more information about Biosan FDA-Accepted Peracetic Acid Products.

Although peracetic acid is tough on microbes, it is gentle on the environment. Peracetic acid quickly breaks down into acetic acid (aka vinegar), oxygen, and water — all harmless residues — making it safe and ideal for non-rinse applications, waste water irrigation, sterilizing medical devices, and processing all types of foods including organics. Considered to be one of the most eco-friendly industrial sanitizers, the demand for peracetic acid is increasing as standards for disinfection and environmental regulations become more demanding.

What is peracetic acid?Scientifically, peracetic acid is an equilibrium mixture produced by a reaction between hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) and acetic acid (CH₃CO₂H), and its chemical formula is C₂H₄O₃.

CH₃CO₂H + H₂O₂ <-> CH₃CO₃H + H₂O

acetic acid + hydrogen peroxide <-> peracetic acid + water


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