Methods and compositions for cleaning and decontamination

Publication Date

Patent Number

US5670469A

Abstract

The process of disinfecting at least one of food, human beings, animals and products to be brought in contact with same to combat microorganisms includes (a) providing a microbicidal composition comprised of an effective amount of at least one microbicide which is hydrolyzable at a pH-value ranging from about 6 to about 8.5 and is a long-chain alkyl ester compound having the general formula: ##STR1## wherein R.sup.I, R.sup.II and R.sup.III are hydrogen or lower alkyl groups having 1 to 4 carbon atoms, R.sup.IV is a long-chain alkyl group having 10 to 18 carbon atoms, R.sup.V is hydrogen or a group having the formula R.sup.VI N.sup.+ H.sub.3, wherein R.sup.VI is an alkylene group having 3 to 4 carbon atoms, A is a monovalent counter ion, and n is a number of cationic groups in the long chain-alkyl ester compound; and (b) exposing microorganisms to the microbicidal composition to inactivate the microorganisms. The compound may then be detoxicated by exposing it to a medium having a pH-value ranging from about 6 to about 8.5 to hydrolyze the ester bond and reduce the content of the compound to innocuous levels.

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