The Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT) has successfully developed a disinfectant spray for surface application and a disinfectant spray for vegetables and fruits, according to a report from the company.
Surfaces like door handles, chair armrest, computer keyboard and mouse taps may transmit microbes to individuals through direct or indirect contact. Keeping this in mind, the IPFT has developed alcohol-based “disinfectant spray” for the surface applications containing botanical anti-microbial, which may be effective in the prevention of diseases caused by microbes, bacteria and virus. The formulation is volatile and evaporates quickly after disinfecting the surface and does not leave any stain, odour and residue.
It has also developed a disinfectant spray to remove pesticide residues left over on the surface of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are basic food commodities and necessary component of daily nutrition. Sometimes, non-judicious use of pesticide contaminates raw vegetables and fruits as pesticide residues persist on their surface and can cause health risk upon consumption.
To make fruits and vegetables 100 per cent safe for human consumption, the IPFT has developed a water-based formulation. The decontamination procedure using the formulation is simple; vegetables or fruits are soaked in the diluted solution of this formulation for15-20 minutes and thereafter rinsed with fresh water. This simple procedure makes fruits and vegetables totally pesticide-free.