Determining which sanitizer to use in a food and biosecurity facility is an important decision. In addition to being compliant with EPA standards, it must also be easy to use, proven to work in the most challenging environments, and, of course, safe and effective. As a product, D7 meets all of these requirements, and as a company, Decon7 Systems exceeds them by building long-term partnerships that help you protect your brand and your other valuable resources.
If you’re new to D7, learn more about it with answers to these frequently asked questions.
1. What makes D7 different from other products?
There are countless sanitizers for the food and biosecurity industry, and all of them must meet minimum requirements. However, D7 stands out from the others because of its patented chemical solution that kills bacteria down to the DNA level. Unlike other types of disinfectants and sanitizers, D7 chemically cleaves the spore wall and then neutralizes the mycotoxin inside. It also changes the osmotic pressure around the cell, which causes an imbalance in the internal cellular pressure, resulting in the total collapse of the cellular membrane. Because of this unique feature, D7 also has the power to destroy the formation of biofilms.
2. What microorganisms does D7 kill?
D7 is a broad-spectrum disinfectant that is efficacious against Aspergillus niger, Avian Influenza A [(H3N2)] Reassortant Virus, Avian Influenza A [(H5N1)] Virus, Avian Influenza A [(H7N9)] Virus, Norovirus, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus biofilm, and T. interdigitale. D7 is also a food contact surface sanitizer that is efficacious against Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus at a 1:5 dilution.
3. What is in D7?
D7 is a proprietary blend of soap, 7.9 percent hydrogen peroxide, and a booster. Each kit comes with the three components in the appropriate ratios, so all you have to do is mix and apply it.
4. When should D7 be used?
D7 is effective for eliminating common bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. As such, it can be used to sanitize and disinfect equipment and facilities after an outbreak has been discovered. Using D7 as part of a regular maintenance schedule can help prevent outbreaks from occurring in the first place. Taking this type of proactive measure can increase the cost of operations, but ultimately helps protect the company from the risks and costs associated with handling an outbreak after it occurs.
5. How is D7 applied?
For any sanitizer, correct application is critical for achieving results. D7 is a three-part blend that can be applied as a foam, course wet spray, or fog*. The product can be prepared in pneumatic or electric mixing stations, or a water driven venturi, and no special equipment is required to apply it. After the product has been mixed, you have up to eight hours to apply it by using the standard application equipment such as foamers and foggers*. A potable water rinse is required after application on food contact surfaces.
6. What resources are available for training?
Decon7 provides a free, no obligation, initial consultation to help you determine the best approach to your sanitation needs. Whether you need to apply foam, spray, fog, or a combination of these methods will depend on the equipment and surfaces being treated. During this free consultation, we will:
- Measure the facility and determine the appropriate kit recommendation.
- Provide a purchase order with pricing.
- Develop a maintenance plan that includes an annual deep clean.
- Propose a pilot program, when appropriate.
Because no two facilities are alike, we take the time to send field technicians to the site for the first application to provide training and ensure that the product is applied correctly. Ongoing training is provided as needed and our professional technical staff are always available to answer questions.
7. What industries use D7?
Originally developed by Sandia National Laboratories for the military to handle challenging situations, it has since been proven in food and biosecurity plant environments, including meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, bakeries and produce.
8. How much do I have to buy?
Some of the biggest players in the food and biosecurity industry use D7, but we know that companies of all sizes must sanitize and disinfect equipment and surfaces. This is why you can purchase D7 kits in a range of sizes that will fit your needs. No matter how big or small your disinfecting needs are, D7 has you covered.
If you have additional questions about D7 and how it can help protect your brand, contact us today to learn more.
*To be used for deodorization and non public health claims