Q&A with Zoono's Microbiologist

Lately it seems Zoono is everywhere. Influencers and customers across both Australia, NZ and beyond are regularly showcasing Zoono products and their benefits, but many have been left wondering if Zoono is just too good to be true. Can it really last 24 hours on skin? 30 days on surfaces? Up to 90 days on fabrics? And how?

With claims it does not claim harmful chemicals and safer to use around food, plants, animals and even babies, I sat down with Zoono’s Company Microbiologist  Mark Phelps to ask the questions I and many other parents, teachers and early childhood educators have been asking since their launch in April this year.

Tell us a little about yourself, where did you study and how did you come interested in microbiology? 

I studied at North Birmingham University and became interested in microbiology as it was part of my “A” level studies at school.

Zoono kills 99.99% of bacteria. What about good bacteria?

 Zoono nor any other biocide are not discriminatory, Zoono will kill all bacteria to a given level regardless of bad or good.  Bacteria tend to be separated by either being pathogenic i.e. capable of causing infection or non-pathogenic such as those on our skin or in our gut.  Some bacteria are used to make food stuffs such as cheese, yoghurt, to synthesise drugs or to treat water for example.

How does Zoono kill?

Zoono kills mechanically: This means that when Zoono is applied (and allowed to dry) it leaves a thin bonded protective barrier attached by covalent bonds.  The Zoono molecule resembles millions of sword shaped road spikes – spikes that attract and kill bacteria by piercing and lysing the cell.

What is it that makes Zoono remain actively killing for such a long time?

 Because Zoono is bonded to the surface it remains stable therefore, one single application can last for a month or more (depending on the surface and the application).

Will Zoono remain on my hands forever?

 No, because your skin cells naturally exfoliate, Zoono will therefore be removed with it.

How is Zoono environmentally friendly?

Zoono is made from raw organic compounds. There is minimal if no harm to the environment in its in-use form if used as recommended.

Where has Zoono been tested?

Tests have been conducted at several Universities and Laboratories within the USA, Australia and New Zealand and UK. As such, all claims / test results are proven, verified and documented.

How can I access the lab results?

 While we used to allow access to lab results, unfortunately they wer plagiarised in the past by unscrupulous companies. We have spent 10 years acquiring these results, so we only provide information to our large customers who have signed an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).  We will be publishing the full content files of our lab results on our website but access will require an authorisation code by our trusted customers.

Can Zoono enter the body?

Zoono only remains on the surface of your skin and cannot be absorbed. It is a water-based formulation and the component ingredients cannot enter the mammalian cell.

Can Zoono be used around food? What about around elderly and new borns?

As Zoono does not leach once dry there is no transfer from surface to food, Zoono has food safety approvals and is suitable for use in critical hygiene areas within child care, aged care centres and hospitals.  Some countries have regulations regarding the use of biocides on food contact surfaces and Zoono has to comply with those regulations and cannot be used if it doesn’t.  Zoono has FDA and EPA approvals and other local regulatory compliance, we discuss this with our global clients on a case to case basis.

Why are those in the medical industry so interested in Zoono?

When biocides (disinfectants) are used on a surface the bacteria are killed/removed to a low level, however after a couple of hours the levels (numbers) of bacteria return to the levels before the disinfectant was used.  This is due to re-deposition from the air from patients, staff and visitors on the ward shedding bacteria and by touch – cross-contamination.  Zoono technology because it has long lasting residual activity continuously defends the clinical environment and equipment for extended periods e.g. a week and furthermore helps prevent bacterial attachment. Once Zoono has been applied and is dry it is not removed by daily cleaning activities.

Jodie Bennett has worked as a in-house writer for some of Australia and New Zealand’s largest media houses including Fairfax, NZME and Stuff, as well as working in Senior Communications roles for global consumer brands including NZAA (Automobile Association) GO Healthy, Les Mills, Trilogy, Dr.Hausckha, Manicare and Swisspers.