Introduction to Ozone
One of nature’s most powerful oxidizers (second only to elemental fluorine), ozone has been used as a powerful organic sanitizer since the early 1900s. Ozone is widely used for water treatment, including disinfection of municipal water supplies, swimming pools, spas, cooling towers, and sewage treatment plants. Today, nearly all bottled water is treated with ozone. The United States Department of Agriculture accepted ozone as safe and suitable for use in the production of meat and poultry products in 2000 (Final Ruling), and the United States Food and Drug Administration approved ozone as an antimicrobial agent for food in 2001. Ozone is recognized as an efficient sanitizing agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.