What is a Disinfectant?
The term "Disinfectant" is actually a legal, regulated term & cannot be used, or claimed on a product's label, until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews all the supporting efficacy, chemistry & safety data & approves every word on the label. Click here to learn How to Read an EPA Label & for more detailed information on EPA label requirements.
Benefect® is classified as a Hospital or Medical Disinfectant by the EPA because of the variety of bacteria that it kills. The EPA has selected 3 representative organisms that a product must have Efficacy against, within 10 minutes, using a specifically approved laboratory method, to be successfully registered in this category.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandate is to protect human health & the environment. So, in addition to kill data, EPA scientists reviewed the Toxicityor safety profile of Benefect, the Directions for Use, Storage, Disposal and Handling, plus a complete review of any Environmental impact. Click here to go to the EPA's site & learn more.
The EPA then requires any Precautionary Statements or Warnings to be added to the label to ensure that safe & effective use of the product can be achieved when label directions are followed. The product is then "registered" with an EPA number & can now legally be called a "disinfectant" or claim to "kill bacteria". So theBenefect label is, in fact, a legal reference point for all health claim & use related questions.
Only products with EPA Registration Numbers can make public health claims such as "disinfection" or "kills germs" ("biocide", "microbiocide", "fungicide", "mildewcide", "bacteriostat" & their derivatives are NOT regulated health claims). If a product doesn't have an EPA number then the government has not reviewed & approved the label claims it should only be relied on for cleaning, not killing germs.