Stabilized Aqueous Ozone, or SAO, is certified safe by many top regulatory bodies.
Not only is SAO approved by many top regulatory bodies around the world, it’s even safe for use in the most sensitive environments.
Tersano has obtained the following regulatory approvals for its SAO:
Why this is important: The CDC, as well as
many state departments of health, follow the EPA’s guidance on and approval of
disinfectants, including those effective for the CoVid-19 causing virus. The
EPA manages, List(N) for approved disinfectants effective against emerging
Anything that kills pests, including microbial pests, are considered pesticides. The EPA regulates pesticides, both chemical pesticides and pesticide devices. Because SAO is generated onsite through the dispenser, SAO is considered a pesticide device, is grouped along with ultraviolet lights and mouse traps, and is regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Unfortunately, having two groups of pesticides has created a “recognition problem” for SAO and ultraviolet lights.
Because 99.99% of all disinfectants are chemical pesticides, pesticide devices are often overlooked and not included in disinfectant discussions, even though they are one of the most effective, safe and sustainable disinfectants available. This is the case with the infamous List(N). Only chemical disinfectants can appear on List(N). Nonetheless, both chemical pesticides and pesticide devices can be approved by the EPA, so long as they are registered and undergo efficacy testing.
SAO has fulfilled the EPA’s regulatory requirements of registration and testing. Tersano’s facility registration # is 89093-CAN-1. SAO’s efficacy was tested and can be found in Tersano’s Pathogen Study included in the resources section of this document. Additionally, SAO has been tested against a SARS-CoV-2 approved surrogates (the Coronavirus MHV-3) and found to reduce the virus by 99.99% in 1 minute, significantly better than most listed chemical disinfectants. For a more comprehensive review on EPA approval see the Aqueous Ozone Summary document in the Resources section of this manual.
Why this is important:The FDA is
responsible for overseeing the manufacturing, distribution, and importing of
all foods and drugs, with the exception of those that are regulated by the USDA
(primarily meats and poultry). Here, the
FDA and USDA regulates what products can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces
that come into contact with food during the manufacturing or preparation.
Basically, approval states that residues left by the cleaning and sanitizing
products are safe for human consumption.
FDA approved as a food additive and ozone may be safely used in the treatment, storage, and processing of foods, including meat and poultry; recognized as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) (21 CFR s 178.1010(b), 3/16/1977)FDA approved as a Secondary Direct Food Additives Permitted in Food for Human Consumption (21 CFR s173.368, 6/26/2001)FDA approved for bottled water plant sanitizing of contact surfaces (21 CFR s 129.80, 4/4/2012)
Why this is important: Like the FDA, the
USDA regulates what products can be used to clean and sanitize surfaces that
come into contact with meat and poultry during the manufacturing or
preparation. Basically, approval states that residues left by the cleaning and
sanitizing products are safe for human consumption.
Aqueous ozone approved for use as a microbial agent in the production of meat and poultry and requires no special labeling. (Advisory Letter, 11/27/2001)
Why this is important: The use of certain
ingredients, additives, or even cleaning and sanitizing products can render an
organic product to non-organic status.
Basically, approval states that residues left by the cleaning and
sanitizing products also qualify as organic.
Approved as nonagricultural (non-organic) substance allowed as an ingredient in or on processed products labeled as “organic” or “made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))” (NOP Final Rule, s 205.605(b)(20))
Why this is important: OSHA oversees the
health and safety of workers and has established maximum levels of exposure to
chemicals and potentially harmful substances.
Aqueous ozone is within permissible ozone limits for workers permissible exposure limit (PEL) as listed in Table Z-1, an 8-hour, time-weighted average value of 0.1 part of ozone per million parts of air (ppm). (29 CFR 1910.1000)
Why this is important: The NSF is an
internationally recognized testing lab that has validated the efficacy of
The leading, internationally recognized testing lab, performed numerous, independent, EPA approved methods tests on aqueous ozone that further supports the fact that aqueous ozone is a highly effective sanitizer and disinfectant. The NSF Registration # is 152236.
Why this is important: Green Seal
Certification ensures that products are produced using environmentally
responsible and resource efficient methods.
SAO received the Green Seal Standard for Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use (GS-37) and the standard for Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial & Institutional Use (GS-53).
Why this is important: Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic preventative approach to
keeping food safe during the production and distribution that is required of
food manufacturers by the FDA.
SAO and iClean mini certified as generators of food-safe cleaning and sanitizing liquids that are suitable for use in food facilities and food handling operations governed by a HACCP based Food Safety Program.