Q. We have been using Tergazyme to clean lenses and cuvettes for our light scattering equipment and it works flawlessly! My question is: Does Tergazyme enzyme detergent have any disinfection properties, like killing of bacteria such as E. coli, or viruses?
A. Thank you for asking this important question. Alconox Inc. does not have disinfectant claims on any detergents, including the Tergazyme® Enzyme Active Powdered Detergent. However, any thorough cleaning and rinse with a well-built aqueous detergent (like all Alconox Inc. detergents) will leave the surface in a minimal (if not zero) bioburden state. Alconox Inc. does not certify this. We provide products for cleaning, which necessarily precedes disinfection. Disinfecting a surface that has not been thoroughly cleaned and rinsed, may result in disinfected “dirt” remaining. Rinsing is a mass displacement event that removes the residues that have been “grabbed up” by the detergent.
This anecdotal information of minimal bioburden states is especially true, for Tergazyme detergent. It does not just have surfactants, chelators, dispersants, sequestering agents (all ways it “grabs up” residue), but also a protease (proteolytic enzyme). In fact, the protease is highly effective in prion removal. So in review, Alconox Inc. cannot claim “disinfection” properties for any of its detergents, but we can say that our detergents are expected to greatly reduce bioburden when used according to instruction.
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