EU ruling gives UK chemical company the edge in farm hygiene

Agricultural businesses can now source EU-approved biocidal detergents from the UK as Airedale Chemical, the only British-based producer, receives BPR approval for its peracetic acid (PAA) products.

Following confirmation of its place on the EU Biocides Products Regulation (BPR), Airedale Chemical has cemented its position as one of the country’s leading chemical companies by becoming the sole UK-based manufacturer directly approved for the production of PAA.

Peracetic acid plays an essential role in the routine disinfection of livestock transport vehicles, animal gathering and holding areas and abattoir vehicles as part of regular cleaning routines. Its ability to be easily rinsed away without leaving any residue has made it an indispensable part of cleaning routines in the agricultural industry.

The Biocidal Products Regulation stipulates that chemicals such as disinfectants and pest control products now have to be approved by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and covers biocidal products used in the protection of materials, humans and animals against bacteria, pests and other harmful organisms.

Chris Chadwick, managing director at Airedale Chemical, who has been integral in the bid for registration, said the company is delighted to be the only UK manufacturer directly approved by ECHA.

“Securing Airedale Chemical’s registration has been a lengthy process but incredibly worthwhile as the purpose of the Europe-wide regulation is to ensure the greatest protection of people and the environment from the use of biocides – and to improve how the biocidal market operates within the EU.”

He added: “This approval demonstrates how our company and our family of peracetic acid products meet the stringent requirements set by the governing body.

“Biocides are used extensively in the agricultural industry and our new status allows us to further develop our peracetic acid product and continue to lead the way with a range of effective and approved biocide products.”

The global peracetic acid market is estimated to be worth around £30 million and projected to grow to almost £45 million by 2018.

Airedale Chemical supplies PAA in dilutions of 5% and 15% and it is also available as Airocide PAAD, the DEFRA approved peracetic and detergent solution for agricultural, dairy and avian applications.

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