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Beat ASF with Halamid®

19 October 2020, at 7:00am

Germany reported a further African Swine Fever (ASF) case in wild boar early October. This new case means 50 infected wild boar have been identified since the first was found early September within the Brandenburg region, close to the border with Poland. There is growing concern that the disease will significantly impact Germany’s pig production and export market.

As for all highly pathogenic viruses threatening livestock, biosecurity is the only remedy to eradicate them. As well as adhereing to the right biosecurity protocols, the choice of disinfectant is crucially important. However, there are very few commercial disinfectants with proven efficacy against ASF. Taking the proof of efficacy for granted may be a very costly oversight!

Axcentive have re-tested the efficacy of Halamid® against this pathogen at the European reference lab for ASF in Spain. Halamid® had already been tested many years ago but with the new European norms in place and the likely evolution of virus strains, we felt the need to re-assure ourselves and our customers.

As expected, Halamid® passed the test (EN14675) at all concentrations tested. This means that a Halamid® solution at a concentration of 0.3% (dilution 1:333) yields a reduction in virus level of more than 10log4 (which is the norm). In fact the actual killing was over 10log5.

A reduction with a factor of 100,000!

These test results and the conclusion that again Halamid® is effective at high dilution confirm the unique properties of Halamid®. Our product is combining a strong killing effect towards pathogens with mild properties towards surfaces and to humans or animals. Very few commercial disinfectants have proven effective against the ASF virus through external certified labs. Any statement as to the effectiveness of a disinfectant, not based on such expert testing should not be trusted, with the risk of using a product that will not give you the required eradication of this pathogenic virus!

Arno Schut, Innovation Manager at Axcentive

For further information, or a copy of the test report, feel free to contact us through your usual Halamid® reseller, via www.halamid.com or via [email protected]

Axcentive provides specialty products based on unique chemistry related to disinfection, plasticizers, fine chemicals and smart coatings. The company has extensive knowledge about production technology, applications and marketing. It supplies products worldwide under the Halamid, Ketjenflex and Exocoat brand names.