Peracetic Acid

Peracetic Acid:- “A Remedy to all Disinfection Challenges.”

As Chlorination sits on the throne and has monopolized the water disinfection industries,research and advanced technology have paved a way to meet the Disinfection By-Product (DBP)regulations. Could Peracetic Acid (PAA) be an emerging solution?

The immense issues of safety and microbial contamination in the chemical and associated industries have become a matter of concern. The reduced efficacy of equipment (evaporators, vats, cooling towers etc) alongwith the awful condition of poultry and dairy industries, demand adequate disinfection by keeping an eye towards the environment. The DBP being halogenated, affects the environment in a drastic way.

Thus, PAA is a notable solution to all disinfection, sanitization, pathogen de-activation, sterilization and allied issues. It was first registered as a disinfectant in 1985 by the EPA.

Acuro’s Peracetic Acid is a weak acid and excellent oxidizing agent thus can be used in various disinfection areas for the aseptic use. It is available in various concentration but commercialized and marketed only up to 40% of its concentration.

This versatile chemical has various applications in varied industries and has maximum consumption in food and beverage industries. It is a bright colorless liquid with an acrid odor. It is free from harmful end products and easily disintegrates in the environment.

Being more effective than Chlorine and other quaternary amines in sanitization, the formulation is non-staining and non-foaming at usual dilution. Its pungent smell strongly affects the mucus membrane. Also, it can cause skin and eye irritation when exposed.

The safety point of PAA depends on its concentration. The higher be the concentration the more the safety concerns. It becomes highly unstable at higher concentration (above 40%). thus, proper care must be taken while handling PAA.

Now, the genuine question arises that while increasing the concentration, it should increase the cleaning action. Well, the clear answer is- NO, indeed it will increase the corrosiveness.

Peracetic Acid slightly lags behind as a cleaner due to its inadequate detergency property. However, it has an excellent potency as a germicide. It is effective against a large spectrum of microbes and pathogens. It oxidizes the cell wall that ruptures the cell membrane and results in ultimate cell death due to the leakage of the cellular contents. Like other disinfectants, the temperature, pH, and concentration play a crucial role. Its effectiveness increases with higher temperature and pH thus, it plays a better germicidal role. It assures to work over a wide pH and temperature range.

Acuro’s Peracetic Acid has application in dairies, breweries, wineries, beverage plants, meat/egg/poultry/food/pharma processing and packaging units, disinfecting and cleaning equipments like tanks/filters/pipelines/RO/UF/NF membranes, ballast water, cooling tower water and many others.

Moreover, it is widely used as a polymerization catalyst and epoxidation reagent in polymer industries, synthesizing other chemicals and intermediates. Nowadays, it has also marked its excellence in paper and textile industries as a bleaching agent and slimicide.