Pharmaceutical Cleaning: Probiotics

Q: Can you tell me if Liquinox can clean/remove pharmaceutical probiotics? We use this product to clean our packaging lines. We have a customer who is looking to have us package their probiotic product.

A: Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent is an excellent emulsifier of organic and oily residues. It will do the job. Best practice, however, would be to incorporate a powerful emulsifier of organic and oily residues, along with enhanced protein removal. After all, probiotics are microorganisms, and will leave biologic residue.

I very highly recommend Tergazyme® Enzyme-Active Powdered Detergent. It is an extremely effective detergent for such applications, and is used globally for both removal of organic/oily residues as well as proteinaceous, biologic ones. Learn more here in our brief video.

Warm temperatures and mechanical action (scrubbing or sonication) will greatly assist the cleaning process as well.  When using the Tergazyme detergent, warm but not hot is critical to avoid enzyme degradation.  Using fresh solutions (< 8 hours after formulation) ensures maximum enzyme efficacy.  This avoids autocatalysis, as after all, the enzymes are made of proteins.

To request any Alconox, Inc. detergents for free, please complete the questionnaire at Get Sample. For more information about any one of our Alconox, Inc. detergents, consult the technical bulletin for each product. Or click here to access each of our detergent’s Safety Data Sheets.

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