The global pandemic has caused disinfectant manufacturers to scramble to get EPA-approved label claims, and it’s not surprising that many companies have seen a dramatic increase in production. Manufacturing of D7 is no exception. Before the pandemic, D7 was produced in two facilities. Because demand has increased significantly, it is now made in eight different locations.
In addition to being on the EPA’s List N, there are other important credentials disinfectant manufacturers can choose to pursue, namely Halal and kosher certification. Decon7 now offers kosher- and Halal-certified disinfectant and hand sanitizer sold in bulk through distributors.
Why Halal and Kosher Certification Are Important
Receiving Halal certification expands distribution of D7 to the global Halal market, including both Malaysia and Philippines, which have large Muslim populations. Taking the steps to get certified helps ensure that a Halal-certified disinfectant product is available to those who want it. Islamic Services of America (ISA) is the certifying and auditing organization that facilitated the Halal certification process with Decon7.
Similarly, kosher certification makes disinfectant products available to Jewish people throughout the world who choose to keep kosher. Orthodox Union (OU), one of the most widely recognized kosher certification agencies, provided the kosher certification for D7.
What Was Required for Certification
Halal certification requires that the product and all of its ingredients contain no animal products and never come into contact with animal products via cross-contamination. The steps to complete Halal certification through ISA include:
- Submitting an application that includes ingredient specification and process flow charts
- Reviewing the ingredients and production process for Halal compliance
- Completing a pre-audit checklist
- Hosting a site inspection and audit
- Committing to annual facility reviews to maintain compliance
In order for a disinfectant product to be certified as kosher, all of its components must also be kosher and it must contain no alcohol. The steps required to complete kosher certification include:
- Submitting an application
- Meeting with a rabbinic coordinator
- Hosting a site visit from a rabbinic field representative
- Modifying systems as needed after application review
- Signing a contract that states we are committed to the requirements of certification
- Submitting labels for final approval
Benefits of Using D7
D7 is registered with the EPA as a disinfectant effective against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) and is now also Halal- and kosher-certified. When applied to surfaces, D7 kills coronavirus at the RNA level, which is significant because this ensures the virus is actually inactivated. Detergent in the product means D7 cleans and disinfects at the same time, which enables the disinfectant to cut through soils to effectively reach the virus beneath it. Some other types of disinfectants are less effective on dirty surfaces, which is why cleaning is a required first step.
D7 also has low toxicity and low corrosivity, making it safe to apply to most types of surfaces. Some disinfectants (bleach, for example) can damage surfaces or other materials when applied at the recommended concentration. Bleach is also an irritant that can be harmful to skin, especially when applied several times a day in a facility.
D7 disinfectant can be applied to surfaces as a spray or foam that expands into cracks and other difficult-to-reach areas. D7 hand sanitizer is applied in the same way as any other type of hand sanitizer.