CANADA: Virox Technologies, led by company president Randy Pilon, has developed what the company said is an environmentally-friendly, safe, high powered cleaning solution called accelerated hydrogen peroxide (AHP). The powerful disinfectant was sanctioned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an effective decontaminant against anthrax, and Health Canada has approved its use to combat outbreaks of the Norwalk virus. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention also lists the cleaner as a Norwalk combatant.
The success of the cleaner has caused Virox’s revenues to shoot up from $787,000 in 1999 to $3.2 million in 2001, Virox executives said. The patented technology is being applied to wipes used to mop cruise ships hit with Norwalk; hand sanitizers; disinfectants and farm equipment.
AHP is a mix of substances that are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the EPA.
According to Mr. Pilon, AHP is also being used at Toronto-based Mount Sinai Hospital, the University Health Network and the Hospital for Sick Children.