Frequently Asked questions
CAROSAFE™ GB 300
The active ingredient in CAROSAFE™ GB 300 forms a protective coating that can molecularly bond with products upon application. Bacteria,Viruses and 100+ pathogens are attracted to the coating’s positive charge, and upon coming into contact with the treated surface, they quickly die. When applied to surfaces, CAROSAFE™ GB 300 forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer that attracts, then electrocutes and ruptures, a microbe’s negatively charged cell membrane. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 inhibits the growth of microbes on surfaces by utilizing a charge disruption mode of action. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 is a cationic antimicrobial that’s attracted to the microbe’s cell wall and neutralizes the cell wall’s natural protection by interacting with cellular proteins needed to maintain cell wall integrity. Its charge- disruption mode of action leads to the eventual breakdown of the microbial cell (also known as lysis), eliminating odor, stains and deterioration.
Unlike many other chemical disinfectants that control microbes which can require constant re-application or have unwanted side effects, including damage or discoloration on product surfaces, toxicity to living organisms or environmental damage, CAROSAFE™ GB 300 technology has a history of safe use and durability, ensuring long-lasting antimicrobial efficacy.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 International is the global leader and most trusted brand in the antimicrobial additives industry. We engineer antimicrobial, odor control, and surface modification technologies that are incorporated into products worldwide. Our technologies keep product surfaces cleaner and longer-lasting by preventing the growth of microorganisms like bacteria, mold, and mildew.
An antimicrobial any substance which kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms by suppressing microorganism reproduction. Microorganisms are unicellular or cell-cluster microscopic organisms, including eukaryotes such as fungi and protists and prokaryotes such as bacteria and certain algae.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 antimicrobial treatments are built into products during the manufacturing process. When microbes come into contact with a product surface, CAROSAFE™ GB 300 antimicrobial protection penetrates the cell wall of the microorganism and disrupts the cell, making the microorganism unable to grow and reproduce.
No. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 engineers and produces antimicrobial additives and then partners with companies around the world who put our additives into their products to keep product surfaces cleaner and more durable by preventing the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 antimicrobial protection is effective against most common bacteria, yeasts, molds, and fungi that cause stains, odors, and product degradation. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 technology is not designed to protect users from disease-causing microorganisms.
We get this question a lot, “Is CAROSAFE™ GB 300 safe?” Consumer safety is a fundamental concern for us. All of the antimicrobials and odor-control technologies used by CAROSAFE™ GB 300 Products Company are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States and are registered with the Biocidal Products Registration in Europe for their specific use in the product in which they are used. All of our technologies have a history of safe use in consumer, commercial, and healthcare product applications around the world. Risk assessments by independent scientists, scientific bodies, and governmental agencies (including EPA, FDA, and regulatory authorities in Europe and Canada) have consistently reconfirmed the safety of our antimicrobial additives at the levels approved for use in consumer, commercial, and healthcare products. The size and specific biological systems of microorganisms make them susceptible to antimicrobial agents at levels of exposure that are not harmful to humans. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 antimicrobial additives are built into the products themselves, therefore, using products protected with CAROSAFE™ GB 300 technology does not result in consumer exposures or transmission directly into the environment in the way that products like disinfectants or liquid antibacterial soaps can during use.
No. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 technology does not replace regular cleaning practices specified by product manufacturers. Instead, our antimicrobials complement regular cleaning by keep products cleaner in between cleanings.
The primary difference between antibacterial vs. antimicrobial substances is the types of microorganisms they act upon. Antibacterial technologies are effective against a broad spectrum of harmful bacteria including E. coli and MRSA. They will typically incorporate silver active ingredients, allowing for successful application in a wide variety of product types.
Antimicrobial technologies minimize the presence of bacteria, mold, fungi and even some virus strains. In contrast to antibacterial agents, antimicrobial substances offer a greater level of product protection. Their broad-spectrum performance makes them perfect for use in hygiene critical environments such as schools, hospitals, and commercial kitchens. Typical active ingredients include silver or zinc.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 product protection is built-in during the manufacturing process and will not wash off or wear away. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 protection is engineered to provide continuous antimicrobial and odor-control product protection for the useful lifetime of the product, keeping treated products cleaner and more durable than non-treated products.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 product protection begins to work as soon as a microorganism comes into contact with a product surface. The antimicrobial protection then works continuously to maintain a consistently lower bio-burden than would be expected on a product without CAROSAFE™ GB 300 antimicrobial protection. Under the right conditions, microbes on an untreated surface can double every 20 minutes. CAROSAFE™ GB 300 technology is not a disinfectant and is not a substitute for regular cleaning practices.
Antimicrobial nanotechnologies are formulations that can inhibit the growth of microorganisms. Typically, they are characterized by a particle size of less than 100 nm.
After more than 30 years of use in numerous consumer, commercial and healthcare applications around the world, there has been no evidence of resistant strain development.
Nanotechnology and Nanosilver:
Silver has long been known for its ability to disrupt the growth of microbes. In the last decade alone, the use of nanosilver as an antibacterial agent has expanded dramatically with applications in yoga mats, cutting boards and a range of other products.
Despite being able to effectively fight microbial growth, studies have shown that nanosilver products have a tendency to leach, dispersing harmful nanoparticles into the environment and posing a potential risk to human health.
Friends of the Earth International, a global network representing more than two million activists in 73 different countries, produced a series of reports around nanotechnology which suggest that nanosilver has the potential to be seriously harmful to our health if used too commonly. Notably, they suggest that there has been a tenfold increase in unregulated, unlabeled “nanofood” on the American market since 2008, where ag-vet chemicals are disguising their use of nanoparticles by calling them something else.
In addition to the potential impact on human health, many are concerned about nanosilver exposure within the environment.
According to Samuel Luoma, PhD at the John Muir Institute of the Environment at the University of California, nearly one-third of nanosilver products on the market in 2007 had the potential to disperse silver nanoparticles into the environment. More than ten years on, and nanosilver can still make its way into the environment as the particles move from one environmental compartment to another, i.e. from water to sediment, soil to groundwater, water to microorganisms, fish, insects or mammals.
In short, it’s possible for nanoparticles to partake in environmental chemical and biological reactions, where the implications are still unclear.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 Silver Antimicrobial Technology:
Safety and regulation are of the utmost importance to CAROSAFE™ GB 300 - that's why we choose not to use antimicrobial nanotechnologies or nanosilver.
Unlike nanotechnologies, CAROSAFE™ GB 300 silver antimicrobial additives are bound into solid products during manufacture. This means the potential for harmful leaching is negligible.
Our silver antimicrobial technologies are registered for application-appropriate use with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, they are notified with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), with full submission of the dossiers that support safety aspects such as toxicological and eco-toxicological properties of the active ingredient.
CAROSAFE™ GB 300 's team of experienced antimicrobial additive scientists uses a wide variety of technologies to provide customized antimicrobial solutions. If we determine that silver is the best antimicrobial agent to integrate into your product, we will undertake extensive, independent laboratory testing to ensure its safety across a wide range of product types.
CAROSAFE helps stop the spread of Mucormycosis or Black Fungus and destroys the Fungus Spores that are present in the environment.
The infection they cause, Mucormycosis "Black Fungus", colloquially can infest the sinuses and bones of the face and invade the brain or cause patients to lose an eye. When it goes untreated and treatment is prolonged and difficult. Mucormycosis can kill up to half of those who contract it.
The disease is not contagious, which means it cannot spread from contact between humans or animals. But it does spread from fungal spores that are present in the air or in the environment, which are almost impossible to avoid.
Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that causes blackening or discoloration over the nose, blurred or double version, chest pain, breathing difficulties, and coughing blood. The disease has a close link to diabetes, and conditions that compromise the immune system.