A Powerful and Sustainable Sanitizer: Peracetic Acid

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

Alpet® PAA 5.6% Antimicrobial Solution

Alpet® PAA 5.6% is a hydrogen peroxide and peroxyacetic acid solution with other similar additives. This sanitizer is an optimal compound for pre-cleaned surfaces such as conveyors, pipelines, equipment, eating establishments and food and beverage plants. With antimicrobial agent power, the treatment has demonstrated greater than 99.9% effective against common harmful microorganisms. This solution is a weaker acid than Alpet® PAA 15%. As an OMRI listed supplier, Alpet® PAA 5.6% is an ideal solution for both conventional and organic facilities.

  • Clear colorless liquid
  • Oxidizing biocide for water treatment
  • Pair with Perafoam™ foaming additive
  • Higher cycles of concentration than hypochlorite
  • Safe for discharge to land or for surface irrigation
  • Optimum performance below pH 8.6, but effective up to pH 9.5

Alpet® PAA 15% Antimicrobial Solution

Alpet® PAA 15% components include peroxyacetic acid with an active ingredient of hydrogen peroxide. The peracetic acid 15% solution is most commonly used as an additive in water that contacts food like fruits and vegetables. Alpet® PAA 15% contains a higher, stronger concentration of oxide, which results in less use of the solution yielding equal to greater results than lower concentration products. This product solution is an ideal remedy for use in egg facilities and inside organic machinery such as commercial greenhouses.

  • Vinegar odor
  • Clear colorless liquid
  • Oxidizing biocide for water treatment
  • Higher cycles of concentration than hypochlorite
  • Optimum performance below pH 8.6, but effective up to pH 9.5
  • Safe for industrial metals, conventional food and beverage plants

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.

Alpet® PERA FC 22% Antimicrobial Solution

Alpet® PERA FC 22% is the ultimate solution for treating and sanitizing meat, poultry, seafood and produce manufacturing establishments. The synthetic formula of Alpet® PERA FC 15% was expanded upon during the development of Alpet® PERA 22%. However, Alpet PERA 22% is 46% more concentrated, which reduces the chemical and freight cost.

This solution is acceptable for direct or indirect contact in or on food including fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry and ready-to-eat meat. By spraying or submerging products, cross-contamination between bacteria and organisms are reduced and edible food products are safe to consume.

  • Clear colorless liquid
  • Guaranteed 1 year shelf life
  • Certified for organic facilities
  • Acceptable in washes and brines
  • Helpful in water or ice to commercially process or store seafood
  • Admissible in water or ice that contacts non-raw fruits and vegetables

Alpet® PERA FC 15% Antimicrobial Solution

Alpet® PERA FC 15% is an antimicrobial solution specifically formulated for contact in ice and water that directly touches meat, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables. Contact between liquid and hard surfaces with this disinfectant will reduce cross-contamination between surface areas. This solution has a characteristic acrid odor reminiscent, which is based on vinegar. Bacteria, viruses and microorganisms are eliminated when spraying or submerging products in this solution in a food contact site, whether in or out of a water source.

  • FDA approved
  • Acceptable in washes and brines
  • Certified for organic disinfection
  • Helpful in water or ice to commercially process or store seafood
  • Contains Peroxyacetic Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide and Acetic Acid
  • Admissible in water or ice that contacts non-raw fruits and vegetables

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.

U.S. DOT hazmat regulations provide classification criteria that manufacturers and shippers use to classify hazardous material.

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

Let's Chat About PAA

To save money on bulk orders of our peracetic acid​ products and to discuss wholesale ordering options, email Rex@SouthlandSanitize.com to speak with a customer service representative.

Peracetic acid solutions are shipped and delivered in the United States​.

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Peracetic Acid Food Contact Surface Sanitizer Alpet® PAA 5.6% is an ideal antimicrobial agent due to its high oxidizing potential, and is highly effective against a broad range of microorganisms. OMRI listed, it is ideal for use in organic facilities. Broad spectrum oxidizing biocide Use in sanitation of both organic and conventional food andbeverage plants Use on conveyors, pipelines, equipment, floors, drains, walls,animal housing, and more Use with Perafoam™ foaming additive for prolonged contact with problem areas Optimum performance below pH 8.6, but effective up to pH 9.5 Lowers alkalinity to allow higher cycles of concentration thanhypochlorite Safe for discharge to land or for surface irrigation NSF listed D2 classification OMRI Listed Kosher, Pareve and Halal certified
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Alpet PERA FC 22% Antimicrobial Solution Alpet® PERA FC 22% is a concentrate version of Alpet PERA FC 15% developed for use in Federally Inspected meat, poultry and seafood processing locations. When used as directed, it will help to reduce cross-contamination of edible food products. Acceptable for direct or indirect contact in or on food including fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products in accordance with 21 CFR 173.370 and 21 CFR 173.315 Apply to product using spray or submersion applications Use in washes and brines Use in water or ice that contacts non-raw fruits and vegetables Use in water or ice to commercially process or store seafood OMRI listed for use in certified organic facilities Kosher, Pareve and Halal certified
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Alpet PERA FC 15% Antimicrobial Solution Alpet® PERA FC 15% is an FDA-approved antimicrobial specifically formulated for use in ice and water that directly contacts meat, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables. When used as directed it will help to reduce cross-contamination of edible food products. Acceptable for direct or indirect contact in or on food including: fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, poultry and ready-to-eat meat and poultry products in accordance with 21 CFR 173.370 and 21 CFR 173.315 Apply to product using spray or submersion applications Use in washes and brines Use in water or ice that contacts non-raw fruits and vegetables Use in water or ice to commercially process or store seafood OMRI listed for use in certified organic facilities Kosher, Pareve and Halal certified