What is peroxyacetic acid?

Peroxyacetic acid is the combination of two important and versatile compounds: hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. The two chemicals combine to form a new compound, peroxyacetic acid. This is an equilibrium reaction where over a period of hours, peroxyacetic acid is formed in situ by assuming elements of both reagents to form the new compound.


BioSafe Systems manufactures our peroxyacetic acid products in three locations around the United States: Coldwater, MI; Cairo, Georgia; and Sparks, NV. These strategically located facilities allow us to better serve our diverse customers and their applications. Our manufacturing processes are state-of-the-art and designed to produce required PAA concentrations, pass rigorous QA/QC checks and fill any size container our customers may require.

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Bulk Delivery

BioSafe Systems is capable of supplying and installing bulk tanks for our peroxyacetic acid products at your facility. In many cases, we can also deliver to your facilities in order to keep bulk storage tanks filled per your specifications. Our remote telemetry allows BioSafe Systems to monitor all bulk storage in real time, helping predict when the next delivery should be made.

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Not all peroxyacetic acid is the same

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Since peroxyacetic acid is an equilibrium product, it can be formulated to have varying concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or acetic acid; it’s important to note however, that the equilibrium product will still contain a measured amount of PAA. Therefore, many different characteristics can be produced. For example, some FDA formulated products have very high levels of acid and lower levels of hydrogen peroxide; which reduce the possibility of discoloring the skin of either meat or poultry carcasses that are being treated.

Conversely, other formulations may have a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide that arrest various microorganisms like yeast and molds.

Furthermore, Each BioSafe Systems product and formulation has a role to play in specific applications. Our 2% OxiDate® 2.0 PAA product is formulated for applications to plants and is very effective on bacterial and fungal disease and plant pathogens. The higher peroxide content is particularly helpful in controlling yeast and molds that cause plant spoilage.

SaniDate® 5.0 is specifically formulated for broad-spectrum use against plant pathogens, human and animal health pathogens and viruses. This product has a higher percentage of organic acids equipping it for a wide range of efficacy. Our 12% SaniDate 12.0 product is very well suited for large volume irrigation water treatment. SaniDate 15.0 has a higher concentration than SaniDate 5.0 and is often utilized in full-scale large applications like food and beverage processing operations. BioSafe Systems also has retail consumer products that use less than 1% peroxyacetic acid and have practical employment around the home.

OxiDate® 2.0

Zero-day PHI and low REI

OxiDate 2.0 kills bacterial and fungal pathogens, offering superior protection for your organic or conventional field and row crops. Use OxiDate 2.0 for curative and preventative crop protection applications, or tank mix with other residual fungicides to help provide immediate knockdown control.

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SaniDate® 5.0

SaniDate 5.0 is a broad-spectrum sanitizer/disinfectant that controls plant and human health pathogens. SaniDate 5.0 can be applied to disinfect hard surfaces, including food contact areas, irrigation lines. It can also control biofilm, algae and bacteria.

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SaniDate® 12.0

SaniDate 12.0 is a high-strength, 12% Peracetic Acid-based microbiocide formulated as an environmentally considerate alternative to chlorine treatments in irrigation water. Use SaniDate 12.0 to control waterborne pathogens and their dormant spores caused by algae, bacteria and biofilm.

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SaniDate® 15.0

Using 15% peroxyacetic acid sanitizer/disinfectant ideal for use on equipment and to ensure biosecurity within food processing operations.

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Frequently asked questions

Stability matters

In addition, not all peroxyacetic acid products are the same. BioSafe systems’ specially formulated products have all passed the US EPA standards test for product stability and lose less than 1% of their active ingredient over a one-year period of time. Stability matters.

Are BioSafe systems peroxyacetic acid products organic approved for organic production?
Yes. The National Organic Program specifically allows peroxyacetic acid formulations for use in organic production. Federally, this is the only certification that is required for the product to be used in organic product. BioSafe Systems uses the Organic Material Review Institute; which works in concert with the USDA National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) program to review and list commercial organic products and substances. BioSafe systems uses the organic certification as the Gold Standard of sustainability standards.

What is the impact of peroxyacetic acid products on the environment?
Peroxyacetic acid chemistry is well known to be considered green, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The short half-life means that PAA is not persistent and rarely needs to be neutralized prior to discharge. No additional conductivity is introduced to the receiving waters. The results of a large aquatic toxic toxicity study demonstrate peroxyacetic acid is far less toxic to marine and fresh water organisms than alternative disinfection chemistries. If spilled or applied to soil, PAA decays in a few minutes with no lasting impact on the soil quality. The ultimate end result is carbon dioxide, oxygen, and water.

Sustainability Index: Peroxyacetic acid scores high on the sustainability index. The nature of the chemistry is that is biodegrades into components of oxygen, water and carbon dioxide and its manufacturing process produces no waste stream. All the manufacturing components are captured within the product.

Does peroxyacetic acid products produce halogenated or toxic by-products?
No, that is why they are the product of choice for green and sustainable solutions. In the environment, peroxyacetic acid products degrade to carbon dioxide, oxygen, and water.