Safety of Virus Protect+

CDC, WHO, FDA and EPA Approved

Around the world, chlorine dioxide is used to effectively disinfect drinking water. According to the CDC, chlorine dioxide is added to drinking water to protect people from harmful bacteria and other microorganisms (1), and is included in the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality (2). In developing all Virus Protect+ products, we partnered with TwinOxide, the most advanced system in the world that exists today to water disinfection.

The FDA has allowed its use as a food additive in the disinfection of vegetables and fruits (3, 4), and in poultry processing (5). Furthermore, the EPA recognizes chlorine dioxide use as a disinfectant (6, 7), and it has been approved for agricultural, commercial, industrial, medical and residential use.

The Danger of Common Disinfectants

Disinfectants and cleaning products play an important role in preventing the spread of serious infectious diseases. However, most common cleaners contain carcinogens and “quaternary ammonium compounds” or QACs (8), which have been linked to the development of adverse health effects:
Skin issues or contact dermatitis (9,10)
Triggering or causing asthma (11)
Blindness and mucous membrane injuries (8,12)
Oral and gastrointestinal injuries (12)
Infertility and endocrine disorders (13,14)
Childhood cancer and developmental issues (15)

Common disinfectants that do not effectively eliminate microbes can create higher-tolerance or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, making emerging strains even more difficult to destroy (16,17). Even worse, these QACs release toxic chemical byproducts that can harm the environment (18), polluting soil, water, and air in the process.

A Safer Eco-Friendly Alternative

Unlike other common cleaners, Virus Protect+ is proven safe for everyone including animals and the environment.

Residue-Free: Does not produce harmful residues, byproducts or toxins (19)
Safe Byproducts: Breaks down into the water, oxygen and common table salt ₍₁₎
Non-Carcinogenic: Non-carcinogenic or mutagenic according to the CDC (20)
100x More Effective: than other leading household disinfectants

1. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 2004.. Public Health Statement for Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite. Accessed Jun. 2020 at https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=580&tid=108

2. World Health Organization. 2008. Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality. Accessed Apr. 2020 at https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/fulltext.pdf

3. Miura, T. and Shibata, T. 2010. Antiviral Effect of Chlorine Dioxide against Influenza Virus and Its Application for Infection Control. The Open Antimicrobial Agents Journal, 71-78. doi: 10.2174/18765181010020200071

4. Scotmas Group. Is ClO2 Safe for the Environment? Accessed Apr. 2020 at https://www.scotmas.com/chlorine-dioxide/is-clo2-safe-for-the-environment.aspx

5. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 2019. Code of Federal Regulations Title 21. Accessed Mar. 2020 at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=173.300

6. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Drinking Water Treatability Database. Accessed Mar. 2020 at https://iaspub.epa.gov/tdb/pages/treatment/treatmentOverview.do?treatmentProcessId=-1277754943

7. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Chlorine Dioxide and Sodium Chlorite. Accessed Mar. 2020 from https://archive.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/web/pdf/chlorine_dioxide_red.pdf

8. Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health. 2015. Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Cleaning Products: Health & Safety Information for Cleaners and Supervisors. Accessed Jun. 2020 at: https://med.nyu.edu/pophealth/sites/default/files/pophealth/QACs%20Info%20for%20Workers_18.pdf

9. Warshaw, EM, et al. 2007. Contact dermatitis of the hands: cross-sectional analyses of North American Contact Dermatitis Group Data, 1994-2004. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. 57(2): p. 301-314.

10. Perrenoud, D, et al. 1994. Frequency of sensitization to 13 common preservatives in Switzerland. Contact Dermatitis. 30(5): p. 276-9.

11. Rosenman, K. 2008. Disinfectants and Asthma. Project SENSOR. Accessed Jun. 2020 at: http://www.oem.msu.edu/userfiles/file/News/v20n1.pdf

12. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2006. Reregistration Eligibility Decision for Alkyl Dimethyl Benzyl Ammonium Chloride (ADBAC) accessed Jun. 2020 at: http://archive.epa.gov/pesticides/reregistration/web/pdf/adbac_red.pdf

13. Melin, V., et al. 2016. Quaternary ammonium disinfectants cause subfertility in mice by targeting both male and female reproductive processes. Reproductive Toxicology. 59: p. 159-166 accessed Jun. 2020 at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0890623815300319

14. Hrubec, T.C. 2017. Ambient and Dosed Exposure to Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectants Causes Neural Tube Defects in Rodents. Birth Defects Research. 109(14) accessed Jun. 2020 at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/bdr2.1064

15. University of California San Francisco School of Nursing’s Institute for Health & Aging. 2013. Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Toolkit for Early Care and Education. Accessed Jun. 2020 at: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/ece_curriculumfinal.pdf

16. Bragg, R., et al. 2014. Bacterial Resistance to Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QAC) Disinfectants. Advances in experimental medicine and biology, 808: p. 1-13. Retrieved June 8, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24595606/

17. Mulder, I., et al. 2018. Quaternary ammonium compounds in soil: implications for antibiotic resistance development. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 17: p. 159-185. Retrieved June 8, 2020, from https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11157-017-9457-7

18. Grillitsch, B., et al. 2006. Environmental Risk Assessment for Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: A Case Study From Austria. Water science and technology: a journal on the International Association on Water Pollution Research, 54 (11-12): p. 111-118. Retrieved on June 8, 2020, from https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17302311/

19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. Accessed Apr. 2020 at https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/sterilization/other-methods.html

20. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008. Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities. Accessed Apr. 2020 at https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/sterilization/other-methods.html

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