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Microbial decontamination of surfaces (by peroxyacetic acid)


Key words decontamination, peroxyacetic acid, Persteril
Latest version 2011/05/12
Completed by FRIP

How does it work?

Primary objective Microbial decontamination of surfaces
Working principle Peroxyacetic acid (brand name Persteril) is suitable for decontamination of a wide range of microorganisms, viruses (HIV, TBC, bird flu), moulds and spores (e.g. TBC, Antrax). Peroxyacetic acid breaks down quickly into oxygen and acetic acid with the latter quickly vaporizing through the packaging. It works by oxidation like chlorine based sanitizer. It is a very suitable disinfection agent usable in agriculture, food industry and medicine. The most suitable forms of application are circulating, spraying, rinsing, immersion, spraying aerosols, evaporation, etc. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
Additional effects environment friendly
Important process parameters concentration, contact time, temperature, pH
Important product parameters concentration

What can it be used for?

Products These technologies can be used for decontamination of a wide range of food products (e.g. vegetables).
Operations Sanitizing and decontamination
Solutions for short comings These technologies can replace chlorine based agent.

What can it NOT be used for?

Products Any material where acetic acid and hydrogen dioxide be harmful (e.g. metals including iron, magnesium and zinc, forming hydrogen gas and salts called acetates).
Operations not known
Other limitations A disadvantage is the loss of effectiveness in the presence of some metals and high organic loads. Sanitizer can corrode the surface of some metals. EPA determined that the products containing peroxyacetic acid could be used safely and effectively, and that no unreasonable adverse effects would occur from the requested uses.
Risks or hazards Concentrated peroxyacetic acid has a strong pungent smell. At some concentrations 1,500 to 2,500 ppm it has been shown to be cytotoxic.


Maturity Peroxyacetic acid are generally used for decontamination in food industry
Modularity /Implementation This technology can be easily implemented to existing production line.
Consumer aspects Consumers do not like chemical preservation. This conservative is quickly changed after application into acetic acid or hydrogen dioxide that releases quickly from the target.
Legal aspects
  • Approval of the veterinary biocide product PERSTERIL® 36% under ref. no. ÚSKVBL 60/2006
  • Approval of the veterinary biocide product PERSTERIL® 15% under ref. no. ÚSKVBL 59/2006
  • Approval of the veterinary biocide product PERSTERIL® 4% under ref. no. ÚSKVBL 53/2006
Environmental aspects They are very efficient and friendly to environment.

Further Information

Institutes FRIP
Companies OVERLACK, Krones AG, Lenntech, CoMac, SERAC
References [1] BLOCK S.S. (2001): Disinfection, sterilization, and preservation, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,

[2] McDonnell G.E. (2007): Antisepsis, disinfection, and sterilization: types, action, and resistance, ASM Press,

[3] ROSSONI E. M. M. AND GAYLARDE C. C. (2000): Comparison of sodium hypochlorite and peroxyacetic acid as sanitizing agents for stainless steel food processing surfaces using epifluorescence microscopy. International Journal of Food Microbiology, Vol. 61, Issue 1, pp. 81-85

[4] Ryu JH., Beuchat LR (2005): Biofilm formation and sporulation by Bacillus cereus on a stainless steel surface and subsequent resistance of vegetative cells and spores to chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and a peroxyacetic acid-based sanitizer, Journal of Food Protection, vol. 68, issue 12, pp. 2614-2622

[5], company pages!

concentration, contact time, temperature, pH concentration Washers 2.2.5 chemical stabilizing, packaging other Data from science literature (ISI Web of knowledge database: peroxyacetic acid: 405, peroxyacetic acid decontamination: 27, Persteril: 4 articles were found) and sources from internet (Google) were used. WikiSysop :Template:Review document :Template:Review status

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Created by IeselVdP on 23 September 2011, at 13:14