Peracetic Acid Sanitizer
Peracetic acid solutions fight against the grime and germs within your facility. Whether it is used on liquid, hard surfaces or industrial equipment, Alpet® peracetic acid (PAA) solutions are proven to be effective. They are used to make, process and preserve food products for an end result of safer consumption.
Our peracetic acid solutions are beneficial for:
What is peracetic acid?
Peracetic acid is formed when hydrogen peroxide and a parent acetic acid, such as vinegar, are combined. According to the CDC, a peracetic acid is a treatment used to neutralize most bacteria from seeping through food contact surfaces and company equipment. This disinfectant can be used to sterilize medical, surgical and dental equipment as well as food and beverage plants.
Peracetic Acid Solutions - Food Contact Sanitizer
What are antimicrobial solutions?
An antimicrobial solution actively fights microorganisms found in your home, workplace, public transportation and public buildings. The presence of microbes can cause hazards that will cause people to get sick or materials to rot and spoil. Luckily, those microorganisms can be eliminated by peracetic acid chemicals within 20 seconds to 10 minutes, depending on the surface material.
Potentially harmful microorganisms include:
- Protozoans such as Giardia
- Viruses such as Gastroenteritis
- Fungi such as mold and mildew
- Bacteria such as Listeria Monocytogenes and Salmonella Enterica
This product line is NOT designed for use on the body. Keep out of contact with the mouth and eyes to prevent potential life threatening health effects.
Alpet® Antimicrobial products are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
What is the difference between Alpet® PAA and Alpet® PERA?
The main difference between the two solutions is the percent of peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide within the containers. Alpet® PAA has a measurable and higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide than any Alpet® PERA solution. Both solutions can be used in food contact and food processing plants for proper sanitation. However, Alpet® PAA is specifically generated for equipment within food and beverage plants while Alpet® PERA FC is designed to contact the food source directly for disinfection.
Are Alpet® PAA and PERA products safe for food and beverage plants?
Yes, the peracetic acid solutions are created specifically for food processing and food contact manufacturing companies. However, contact to the human eye or mouth may cause notable discomfort and result in damaging health effects if not treated.
All Alpet® PAA and PERA products have been approved and regulated by the following criteria:
The product categories of any peracetic acid formulas are not recommended for recreational use.
Highly Corrosive Effects on Industrial Materials
Metals including galvanized iron and copper may be damaged by Alpet® PAA and PERA products. However, the damaging impact at the lowest concentration is minimal. In order to maintain an acceptable range for contact with metals, the ppm for active PAA should remain at 150 for galvanized iron and copper. Shorter recirculation or sanitizing contact times (less than 30 minutes) reduce the corrosion effects. Decreasing the sanitizing solution temperature can help decrease corrosion rates.
An MPY (mils per year) is converted as a corrosion rate to test materials and their frequency to decomposition with applied substances. Essentially, it is used to keep your industrial metals safe and preserved from quick decay. Over time, Alpet® PAA and Alpet® PERA products can corrode the metals and cause material weight loss.
To ensure the safety of our peracetic acid solutions on food and beverage plants' equipment, we conducted a test to examine the difference between corrosion rates on various types of metals. Within a year, industrial metals should be tested for corrosion and approved for continuous operation.
The following MPY rates will help determine whether metal equipment is safe for use within your facility.
Industry standard MPY indicators:
- <5 MPY is very good
- 5.1-10 MPY is acceptable/marginal
- >10 MPY is corrosive in relative degrees
Additional testing results of specific metals and corrosion ppm rates are found in this document.
Is peracetic acid (PAA) harmful to humans?
Peracetic acids can be corrosive/irritable in the ears, mucus and skin. In humans, exposure to peractic acid can cause severe irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and lacrimation of patients with pulmonary disease. Symptoms can be prolonged to 2 weeks.
Containers including Hazardous Materials
Peracetic acid solutions include hazardous materials within the chemical compound. When handling the disinfectants, it is important to wear the appropriate safety protection gear. In order to prevent life threatening health effects, please wear protective gloves, clothing, eye protection and face protection when handling these products. Wash hands thoroughly after handling and take any precaution to avoid mixing with combustibles. Even if contact has been made and you are experiencing asymptomatic non sensory effects while handling products, contact your doctor or poison control.
Factors of Highly Corrosive Contact To Humans:
- Potential impairment to eyesight if contacted
- Lack of oxygen if swallowed or inhaled
- Respiratory tract irritation may occur if contaminants have traveled to lungs or airways