COVID-19 Product Update - Celeste Products

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Corona virus has become a global pandemic. More than anything, the virus has made everyone focus on the importance of reducing the spread of germs. Airlines are no exception. They have been working diligently to disinfect aircraft surfaces often to keep guests safe and comfortable on their flights. Here at Celeste, we continue to produce aircraft-approved surface disinfectants, hand soaps, and hand sanitizers during this time of increased demand.

Celeste's Sani-Cide EX3 is a broad spectrum hard surface disinfectant/cleaner trusted throughout the aviation industry and registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To date, Sani-Cide EX3 has been tested to be effective against Feline Calicivirus (a surrogate for Norovirus), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Influenza A, and Influenza B. While Sani-Cide EX3 has not yet been specifically tested to kill the Coronavirus, it has been tested to be effective against similar enveloped viruses such as Influenza A and Influenza B, as well as more resistant non-enveloped viruses such as Norovirus. We are currently having Sani-Cide EX3 tested for label claims against Human Coronavirus and we will be submitting Sani-Cide EX3 for testing against SARS-CoV-2 when testing is available.

Sani-Cide EX3 has been selected for inclusion on EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 and will be added during the next list update. List N includes products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel Coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Sani-Cide EX3 has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Sani-Cide EX3 can be used against SARS-CoV-2 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Feline calicivirus, Strain F-9, ATCC VR-782 (Surrogate for Norovirus) on hard non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website at for additional information.

Of course by now, we have all heard that washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness as recommended by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and World Health Organization (WHO). Celeste offers several hand washing products trusted in the aviation industry. Celeste's Flight Luxe® Hand Soap, available in liquid or foaming formulas, is an above-the-counter soap system making replacing soap an easy task. Simply remove the old bottle and replace with a brand new one! What about antibacterial soaps? According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC, there is no evidence to show that consumer antibacterial soaps are any better at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.

If soap and water are not available, and hands are not visibly dirty, it is recommended to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if available, by applying the product to the palm of one hand and rubbing the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until dry. Celeste's Sani Luxe® Hand Sanitizer, bottled in the same convenient system as Celeste's hand soap, is available in 3 formulas (availability may vary by country):

  • Alcohol-based, Gel (Ethyl Alcohol 62.5%)
  • Alcohol Free, Gel (Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1%)
  • Alcohol Free, Foaming (Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1%)

Celeste's hand sanitizers sold within the US are registered with the US FDA. Canadian and EU registered versions are also available. Unlike surface disinfectants, hand sanitizer claims cannot be made against specific viruses, bacteria, germs, etc. Hand sanitizers may only claim to kill germs or bacteria in general.

Introduced over 35 years ago, Sani-Com® was originally designed as a single use towelette for telecommunications and respiratory equipment cleaning. At the request of Celeste's customers, the product has since been tested and approved for use as a hand sanitizer making it the perfect multi-purpose towelette. Sani-Com contains the appropriate levels of Benzalkonium Chloride that is called out in the FDA monograph for hand sanitizing. Like all hand sanitizers, claims cannot be made against specific organisms. This product is a hand sanitizer and a hard surface cleaner.

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