Posts made in September, 2014

Test Method Matchmaking

Posted on Sep 23, 2014

Is there one correct microbiological test method for every product? Antimicrobial test methods are generally used as screening tools to assist us in predicting the end-use performance characteristics of our products. Choosing the correct test method for both the active antimicrobial agent used and for the proposed end-use is critical in allowing us to predict functionality in the real-world. In most cases, for non-porous, hard...

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The Need for Antimicrobials

Posted on Sep 18, 2014

The ability to control microbial populations through direct surface modification techniques at any point during a products life offers tremendous opportunities to improve the overall health of our surroundings. Surfaces free of microbial contamination will reduce odors, will make our products last longer, will be easier to clean, and can assist in reducing infections. However, we must use sensible approaches when controlling these...

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Generic v. Original Antimicrobials

Posted on Sep 9, 2014

Generic Versus Original Materials and Regulatory Compliance The choice of antimicrobial agents has grown significantly over the past several years. Many generic products are produced claiming to have an “identical” composition to the original. It is critical to understand whether the composition of the antimicrobial agent that is to used is the exact same as the original source in which the regulatory data (US EPA, EU BPD) was been...

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Hard surfaces exist in indoor and outdoor environments. Hard surface applications are diverse and can vary from tiled kitchen countertops to swimming pool liners, yet despite this diversity of use there is a universal problem among all surfaces - they are constantly exposed to a variety of microbial contaminants. These surfaces are susceptible to stains, deterioration, biofilm formation and odors caused by unwanted and often invisible...

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