Unilever is one of the world’s most fast moving consumer goods company. With or without our knowledge we are using unilever products in our daily life. Recently, The company has stated that their mouthwash formulation will reduce 99.9% of coronavirus after 30 seconds of rinsing.
“Unilever has confirmed that preliminary lab test results show that mouthwash formulation containing CPC Technology reduces 99.9 per cent of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, after 30 seconds of rinsing,” the company’s statement on mouthwash.
COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose, which has been detected before, during, and after the acute phase of illness, as well as in asymptomatic cases.
“Therefore, reducing the viral load in the mouth could help to reduce transmission. The findings indicate that mouthwash could become an important addition to other everyday protective measures like handwashing, physical distancing and mask wearing etc.,” the company added in their statement.
This mouthwashing technology will be brought to India by Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Unilever’s arm, in Pepsodent Germicheck Mouth Rinse Liquid, which will be launched in India in December 2020, the company said.
On behalf of Unilever Research Laboratories in the US, the company said the test for its mouthwash containing CPC (cetylpyridinium chloride) technology was conducted by an independent and internationally accredited testing facility, Microbac Laboratories,.
CPC is a widely used cosmetic ingredient, also used by the dental industry, and is known for its antibacterial and anti-virus benefits.It acts by penetrating the cell membrane, causing cell components to leak, which eventually leads to cell death.
The test focussed on both 30 and 60 seconds rinse times, aiming to replicate the real-life use of mouthwash in an in-vitro context.
The company, however, said, “The tests do not suggest that the formulation is a treatment for COVID-19, nor a guarantee that it will prevent transmission on its own. But still the company claims 99.9% virus will reduce after 30sec rinsing.
Still Mystery !!