Behind the Technology
The process is known as Electrolytic Activation of Water (EAW) and involves the activation, or energising, of ordinary, potable water to the point at which it exhibits powerful microcidal and other cleansing properties. The technical name for final product is ECA (Electro-Chemical Activation) and it is a food grade disinfectant that mimics the chemistry of the human body's natural immune system with three ingredients – salt, water and electricity.
How does it Work
The core of ECA technology is based on a Russian design. A brine (salt and water) solution is passed through a reactor unit where it is activated with an electrical charge. Through the Electro-chemical Activation (ECA) process, two distinct solutions are produced and are generically known as Anolyte and Catholyte. The Catholyte solutions have proven effective in the removal of product residues and organic soiling, whilst the disinfecting properties of Anolyte display high level efficacy against all bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and moulds. ECA is equally effective against dangerous human pathogens including: E. coli 0157, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. Further studies on Bacillus spores, Clostridia, Vibrio cholera and Hepatitis viruses have achieved equivalent results.
Water and a small quantity of salt (typically 0,2%), which acts as a catalyst to enhance conductivity, is run through a patented electrolytic cell where it is exposed to a high density electrical field and it emerges as two separate, activated streams of water: anolyte and catholyte. ‘The anolyte is a highly positively charged oxidant solution with potent biocide and disinfectant properties, used mainly to reduce contamination and prolong the shelf life of products. The catholyte stream is a highly negatively-charged antioxidant solution, with powerful surfactant properties.
Furthermore, the mechanism for eliminating micro-organisms is different from conventional chemicals in that the EAW technology has a multi-feature action that prevents the buildup of resistance.
ECA remains safe for humans, animals and the environment. ‘You can wash your face or drink the neutral solutions with no ill effects. The activated solutions have been approved by the Departments of Agriculture and Health for direct use on food for human consumption.
It also offers significant value for the shelf-life extension of fresh food products, as unlike most chemical products, it can be used safely and directly on food without harmful chemical contamination and residues.
How does it Work Against Microbes
Electro-chemically Activated Water (ECA) is a technology that generates an unstable and elevated micro-electrical charge in water. As with all other living organisms, microbes require energy to survive and the ECA solutions destabilize the immediate energy environment within which the microbes are able to live, and in so doing eliminate them. Moreover, the micro-organisms have been shown to be unable to build up a tolerance to this charge-based technology. Electro-chemically Activated Water (ECA) is a technology that generates an unstable and elevated micro-electrical charge in water. As with all other living organisms, microbes require energy to survive and the ECA solutions destabilize the immediate energy environment within which the microbes are able to live, and in so doing eliminate them. Moreover, the micro-organisms have been shown to be unable to build up a tolerance to this charge-based technology.
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