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frequently asked questions
What is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL)?
Hypochlorous solution is a mixture containing Hypochlorous acid (scientific formula: HOCl), water and a saline solution. Hypochlorous acid is a highly specialised molecule that is, under normal conditions, manufactured by the white blood cells in the human body, and which is responsible for our immunity. It is also very important in regulating the body’s inflammation process and plays a central role in wound healing.
HOCL is a powerful oxidant that is effective against invading bacteria, viruses and fungi.
What are the main effects of HOCL on the body?
- Hypochlorous acid is nature’s most powerful disinfectant against disease-forming microorganisms.
- Hypochlorous acid has a highly effective anti-inflammatory effect. Whenever it is applied to a wound, it reduces redness associated with inflammation and swelling.
- Wounds exposed to HOCl heal in a fraction of the time they take to heal without it.
- Hypochlorous acid destroys biofilm and therefore quickly kills pathogens that might be present in the biofilm.
What is Free Available Chlorine (FAC)?
Free Available Chlorine (FAC) is chlorine that is present in the form of Hypochlorous acid, bleach chlorine or as dissolved chlorine gas.
It is ‘free’ in the sense that it has not yet reacted with anything and ‘available’ in the sense that it can and will react if and when needed. Of these three FAC molecules, Hypochlorous acid is by far the most important germ killer. It is also the only completely non-toxic molecule of the three FAC’s. After reacting the HOCL returns to its natural state of water and salt.
What is HOCL’s use in Sea Food Preparation and Fish Markets?
HOCL solutions effectively decontaminate the process seawater which results in the longer shelf life of the processed fish products. HOCL can additionally be added to flaking and packing ice to improve the shelf life of fresh seafood for export. HOCL reduces the overall microbial bio-load of spoilage organisms, thereby substantially reducing the risk of cross-contamination.
ECA benefits in seafood products:
- Increased shelf-life
- Used in ice production for an extended shelf life of fresh products
- Environmental odour control
- Reduction of Total Volatile Nitrogen (TVN) on aged fish
Is HOCL Food Safe
Yes, HOCL can be used in kitchens, restaurants and on food to reduce bio load and pathogens. No rinse required.
What is a Surfactant?
Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension (or interfacial tension) between two liquids, between a gas and a liquid, or between a liquid and a solid.
Surfactants may act as detergents in that it reduces surface tension allow access to the dirt.
Is Citriodiol® the same as Citronella?
No. While Citriodiol® is made from an essential oil it is very different from citronella oil, firstly citronella oil is obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbogon or lemongrass whereas the oil for Citriodiol® is obtained from Eucalyptus citriodora tree.
The other fundamental and biggest difference is that Citriodiol® contains at least 64% of the naturally occurring constituent PMD (p-menthane-3-8-diol) whereas citronella oil contains trace quantities of PMD. This is an important distinction because PMD is the constituent primarily responsible for the efficacy of Citriodiol® in repelling biting insects and other arthropods. In side-by-side independent comparisons, Citriodiol® products repel biting insects, such as mosquitoes, 4 to 8 times longer than citronella oil products (Barnard, 2004).
Is Pyrethrum Safe?
Pyrethrum is biodegradable, water-based concentrate-derived chrysanthemum flowers. The solution is EPA registered and has been approved for food processing plants, restaurants and sensitive applications such as the post-harvest treatment of fruit and vegetables. Pyrethrum decomposes harmlessly leaving no oily residue like other chemicals or synthetic compounds that can be dangerous to humans and pets.
Pyrethrum has been used in agricultural and equine applications with no known harmful effects.
What is different between Pyrethrum, Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids?
Pyrethrum and pyrethrins are insecticides extracted from certain species of flowers in the chrysanthemum family. Pyrethrum is the total extract from the flowers, while pyrethrins are the refined 6 esters.
Pyrethroids are synthetic compounds produced to mimic the effects of the pyrethrin esters.
How safe are cutting boards in kitchens?
Kitchen cutting boards are high-risk, as fats often seal in the dirt in serrations made by knives. Use hot water above 45ºC to remove fat layers and use an Anolyte spray to kill any bacteria and pathogens.