Unilever says its mouthwash will decrease 99.9% Covid in the wake of flushing
- Post By : Kumar Jeetendra
- Source: PTI
- Date: 21 Nov,2020
International FMCG major Unilever on November 21 said it will bring to India its mouthwash formulation, which, it claims, will reduce 99.9 percent of coronavirus after 30 minutes of rinsing.
“Unilever has confirmed that preliminary lab test results reveal that mouthwash formulation containing CPC Technology reduces 99.9 percent of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, after 30 seconds of rinsing,” the company said in a statement.
The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose, that has been detected before, during, and after the acute phase of disease, as well as in asymptomatic cases.
“Therefore, reducing the viral load in the mouth could help to decrease transmission. The findings suggest that mouthwash could become an important addition to other regular protective measures like handwashing, physical distancing and mask wearing,” it added.
Unilever Oral Care Research and Development Head Glyn Roberts said,”While we are clear that this isn’t a cure or proven means to prevent the transmission of coronavirus, our results are promising.”
Roberts added that given the important stage of the pandemic, the organization feels it’s important to share the results of the mouthwash.
This 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.
Unilever said the test for its mouthwash containing CPC (cetylpyridinium chloride) technology was conducted by an independent and internationally accredited testing facility, Microbac Laboratories, on behalf of Unilever Research Laboratories in the usa.
CPC is a widely used cosmetic ingredient, also used by the dental industry, and is known for its antibacterial and anti inflammatory benefits.
The company, however, said,”The tests don’t suggest that the formulation is a treatment for COVID-19, nor a guarantee that it will stop transmission on its own.”