EPA Classifies Antimicrobials into two types
Antimicrobial products are divided into two categories based on the type of microbial pest against which the product works:
Non-public health products (MICROSTATIC & DURABOND)
Are used to control growth of microorganisms of economic and aesthetic significance and are not considered to be human health related:
- odor-causing bacteria,
- bacteria which cause spoilage, deterioration or fouling of materials and microorganisms infectious only to animals. This general category includes products used in:
- cooling towers
- jet fuel
- treatments for textile and paper products.
- Sterilant: Used to eliminate or destroy:
- fungal spores,
- vegetative bacteria,
- bacterial spores.
Nonpublic-health antimicrobial pesticide products are those products that bear a label claim to control microorganisms of economic or aesthetic significance, where the presence of the microorganism would not normally lead to infection or disease in humans. Examples of non-public health claims would include, but are not limited to, algaecides, slimicides, preservatives and products for which a pesticidal claim with respect to odor sources is made.