Where “DEFRA APPROVAL” Is Required

The use of a “DEFRA APPROVED” product and its relevance to companion animal health organisations has often been confusing and exploited by certain competitors to sell their products.

The DEFRA protocol is established to identify products that can be used in the event of a notifiable disease outbreak under one of the five orders, being Diseases of General Orders, Poultry Order, Swine Vesicular Disease, Foot and Mouth Disease and TB. However, a “DEFRA Approved” product is ONLY required in the event an outbreak of one of such diseases and even then a recommended disinfectant under the relevant order should be used. Generally, products on the Approved Disinfectants list are designed for agricultural environments and designed to work in cold and extremely soiled environments, unlike most companion animal establishments.

Some commonly available companion animal disinfectants do have DEFRA Approval, but we believe that it is impractical to provide DEFRA Approval for all fragrance varieties and all disease orders, since products of our type (made for safe use around animals) generally pass at only high dilutions under DEFRA testing, such as 1:2 - 1:10. We regard these dilutions for companion animal health as impractical for several reasons: -
Instead and where ther is the rarity of a Notifiable Disease Outbreak, we recommend a product that is specially designed for such application. ANIGENE NaDCC has been tested across the majority of Notifiable Diseases at a dilution of between 1:317 and 1:953, with General Orders at 1:360. Additionally, this product is effective against Giardia Lambliaand is recommended as a periodic Deep Clean product or as an economic disinfectant in the event of a notifiable disease outbreak.

  • Using a product at 1:2 - 1:10 (30% - 10%) disinfectant to water ratio would be very expensive
  • Using a product at these dilutions would make cleaning very difficult
  • exceptional foam levels, residue build up, sticky floors, excessive rinsing required
  • There is a potential risk to staff and animals from contact with concentrated chemicals

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