Ozone is a gas composed of three oxygen atoms (symbol O3), it is present in a layer of the earth’s atmosphere and protects us from the dangerous UV-B and UV-C rays coming from the sun.
This gas is the most powerful bactericidal and virustatic existing in nature. The bactericidal action of ozone is based on its high oxidation capacity: thanks to this quality the microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, yeasts, algae, etc.) are destroyed or inactivated with a rapid and definitive action, without generating polluting residues or toxic by-products.
Ozone gas is also able to reduce heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, lead, etc.), pesticides (atrazine, propazine, milled, etc.), pollutants (hydrocarbons, surfactants, nitrates, sulphites, etc.) and many other toxic substances present in water, air and on food.
Ozone removes any type of odor from rooms and furnishings.
The gas was discovered in 1840 by the German chemist Christian Friedrich Schönbein who called it ozon. This name derives from the Greek word “ozein” which means “smell”. Schönbein is also remembered as the first person to research the reaction mechanisms between ozone and organic matter. In 1857 Werner Von Siemens patented and produced the first corona discharge generator. The first plant, for the treatment of drinking water, was installed in Oudshoorn in the Netherlands in 1893. Subsequently, in 1907, the French chemist Marius Paul Otto created the “Compagnie Générale de l’Ozone” the first company for the implementation of the use of ozone in the sterilization of drinking water.
The first official medical applications of ozone date back to 1915, in fact during the First World War gas was used to cure gangrene.
For more than a century, ozone has been widely applied, for the treatment of water and air, in agriculture, livestock, in the food, chemical and health sector.
EUROPEAN COMMUNITY – The use of ozone for food purposes was introduced in 2003, for disinfection and sterilization during water bottling processes. In fact, the Directive 2003/40 / EC of the EFSA commission of 26 May 2003 determined the list, the concentration limits and the labeling indications for the components of mineral waters, as well as the conditions of use of the air enriched with ozone for the treatment of natural mineral waters and spring waters.
ITALY – The Ministry of Health with protocol of July 21, 1996 No. 24482, recognized the use of ozone in the treatment of air and water, as a natural aid for the sterilization of environments contaminated by bacteria, viruses, spores, molds and mites.