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Domtar introduces germ-fighting office paper

Jan. 18, 2007 - Montreal-based Domtar is introducing to the market a new germ-fighting paper that the company says is the first antimicrobial office paper available in North America.

The new paper is specially treated with a silver compound that kills most bacteria that come into contact with it and protects the paper against the growth of bacteria, odors, fungus, mold and mildew.

According to Domtar, laboratory studies show that one bacterium can reproduce into 10 billion bacteria in just 10 hours.(1) Independent laboratory tests on Domtar Antimicrobial Office Paper™ demonstrate a 99% reduction of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and K. pneumoniae.(2) The paper also inhibits the growth of bacterial odors, mold, mildew and fungus while maintaining the antimicrobial features throughout its shelf life, making it ideal for archival purposes.

Additionally, Domtar Antimicrobial Office Paper retains its antimicrobial properties even after printing and varnishing, the company added.

Domtar's Antimicrobial Office Paper is manufactured under a licensing agreement with SilverCo, a developer of antimicrobial-patented technology. The antimicrobial compound has been registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Domtar said.

SOURCE: Domtar Inc.




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