What Is Ozone?
Ozone is made up of one thing: Oxygen.Ozone is also an oxidizer. Ozone in nature is that fresh, clean scent after a thunderstorm; it is nature's way of cleaning and sanitizing. Ozone as a sterilizing agent is the most powerful cleaning agent available today.
The air in the stratosphere is continuously being bombarded with UV radiation from the sun. When high energy UV rays strike molecules of oxygen (O²), the oxygen is split; causing two single oxygen atoms (O¹). The free oxygen atoms (O¹) then combine with oxygen molecules (O²) to create ozone (O³).
When lighting strikes, the naturally occurring electric charge splits the oxygen molecule (O²) creating a single oxygen atom (O¹). Ozone (O³) is then formed in the same manner as with UV.
Brief Overview of How Ozone Works
When ozone (O³) comes in contact with a pathogen, such as an odor, bacteria or virus, the extra oxygen atom breaks off, attaching to the pathogen. Once the pathogen comes in contact with the ozone (O³) it is destroyed.
- Ozone is 51% more effective against bacteria (E.Coli, Salmonella, etc.) than chlorine and other chemical sanitizers
- Ozone kills toxic substances 3,000 times faster than chlorine
- Ozone destroys pesticides and chemical residues; even chlorinated by-products
- Kills viruses and bacteria (including E.Coli and Salmonella) on
- red meat
- Ozone extends the shelf life of food products
- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ozone is the most effective primary disinfectant available for drinking water
- Ozone is environmentally friendly – Converts back to oxygen
- Ozone is produced on site – no need for transporting, handling or storing hazardous materials
- Ozone has been FDA approved for direct-food contact since 2001
- Ozone is proven for Surface Sanitation
- Cutting boards, knives, sinks and countertops for home use
- Conveyers, cutting tables and preparation areas for commercial use
Additional Ozone Informative Links
Inhibition of E. coli in Ground Beef Patties with Ozone
Ozone Gas to Clean Produce
Many Applications for Ozone
Corona Discharge vs. UV Ozone Generation