What is ozone
Ozone (O3) is a highly unstable natural gas, with a molecule made up of 3 oxygen atoms. The ozone life cycle is very short and in a short time, it is converted back to oxygen (O2).
Thanks to its very strong oxidizing power, Ozone is recognized worldwide as one of the most valid solutions for the sanitization of objects and environments.
The effectiveness of the use of Ozone has been validated with the protocol of 07/31/1996 no. 2448 by the Italian Ministry of Health, which indicated it as “natural defense for the sterilization of environments contaminated by bacteria, viruses, spores, molds and mites and by the US FDA which certifies it in food processes (see page 8).
However, the use of ozone involves risks that must be known and avoided for safe and effective use. It is in fact proved that ozone in high concentrations is harmful to human and animal health, for this reason it is essential to rely on a quality product which grants all the possible precautions to avoid risks.
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VIRUSES AND SANITATION METHODS
The scientific literature of the last 10 years teaches us that one of the most effective methods of sanitizing objects, environments and food from a virus is ozone.
Specifically, O3 has long been used successfully in the inactivation of more aggressive viral strains than COVID-19 and for this reason a large part of the scientific community is very confident about its effectiveness.
HOW DOES OZONE ELIMINATE VIRUSES
Oxidation is the process by which Ozone causes the inactivation of viruses. Taking advantage of its high oxidizing power, O3 inactivates the specific viral receptors that the virus uses to create the bond with the cell to be invaded.
INDICATIONS FROM THE ITALIAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH
ISS COVID-19 Report no. 25/2020 declares that:
“The ozone generated in situ from oxygen is an active ingredient with a” biocidal “action under revision in accordance with BPR2 as a surface disinfectant (PT2 and PT4) and drinking water (PT5) and for use in the cooling towers in industrial plants (PT11). Although the evaluation has not been completed, a large database is available which confirms its microbicidal efficacy also on viruses (20-27). “
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The use of ozone is currently permitted internationally in the food sector, for surface sanitation and drinking water (FDA, USDA, US-EPA, CNSA).
WITH WHICH MECHANISM DOES OZONE ELIMINATE BACTERIA?
By exploiting the high oxidizing potential, Ozone attacks bacteria by oxidation, destroying directly their cell wall. The bacteria then die from the loss of the cytoplasm that keeps them alive. This phenomenon is called LIPID PEROXIDATION.
ITALIAN MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Italy – The Ministry of Health, with protocol of July 31st, 1996 No. 24482, recognized the use of ozone in the treatment of air and water, as a natural protection for the sterilization of environments contaminated with bacteria.
Since it acts instantaneously, unlike other sanitization methods, ozone does not allow the development of resistant pathogenic strains, a growing problem for the fresh food industry.
SMELLS, MOLDS, FUNGI AND SMALL INSECTS
ELIMINATION OF ODORS, MOLDS, FUNGI AND SMALL INSECTS WITH OZONE:
Sanitizing an environment through ozone does not mean using a valid tool only against viruses and bacteria. O3 is highly performing thanks to its oxidizing power also against mold, fungi and small insects. The operating principle is always based on oxidation: ozone attacks molds and fungi present on the objects and environments to be sanitized and eliminates them without manual intervention by the user.
Finally, it should be emphasized that ozone is useful in very low concentrations also for deodorizing rooms.
In addition, ozone is used in very low concentrations also to deodorize environments since – in the right concentrations – it releases a pleasant clean scent into the environment.