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New swine drinking water disinfectant, acidifier

Virkon H2O offers the “science to kill pathogens” in the form of a multifunctional drinking water disinfectant and acidifier for use in swine weaner units.

Weaning causes stress within piglets, which reduces the animals' natural ability to resist disease, which is already on the decline through the loss of maternal immunity.  The product's powerful formulation has been engineered to promote good piglet performance during this period of stress by killing major disease-causing pathogens of concern such as; Campylobacter, Salmonella, E-coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can be present in the drinking waterline.

Independent studies to European test standards (EN1656) have proven Virkon H2O effective against these key pathogens at a dilution rate of 1:800.

With its powerful oxidative chemistry, it works in a number of important ways to protect the well-being of piglets that can be compromised by the rapid spread of disease-causing pathogens through drinking water systems during weaning:

It deters biofilm proliferation by controlling the planktonic bacteria that can initiate and increase biofilms within drinking water systems.

And it protects against infection, during the stress of the weaning period, ensuring the highest levels of biosecurity are maintained during management processes that inevitably cause stress.

Advantages

  • Good operator safety. Virkon H2O is non-corrosive to the skin and at operational dilution rates is non-irritating to skin or eyes, and is not a sensitising agent.
  • Sustained efficacy at low temperatures with proven biocidal effectiveness at 4ºC.
  • Readily biodegradable in the environment, according to OECD and EU tests, breaking down to form naturally occurring substances. Virkon H2O is not persistent in the environment.
  • Compatible with antibiotic reduction programmes that are increasingly being legislated for worldwide to restrict the use of prophylactic antibiotics entering the human food chain.

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