Why Use Virkon™ H2O?

Poultry are natural hosts for a multitude of disease-causing organisms, and the water they drink during their lifecycle can often be a potentially potent source of infection.

Food poisoning pathogens such as Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Campylobacter, and other organisms of concern like Pseudomonas can be introduced easily to the birds, and rapidly spread throughout the flock via contaminated drinking water supplies. It is therefore essential that the poultry have access to good quality, clean, safe drinking water throughout the duration of their life.

Whilst antibiotic treatment via drinking water ensures the birds receive an added boost to their natural immune system and helps improve performance, the reliance on them to ensure safe meat production is being challenged by governmental bodies and consumers worldwide.


In addition, a specified withdrawal time period must be observed prior to the birds going to slaughter to assure unacceptable concentrations of antibiotic residues do not occur in the poultry meat.

The introduction of vaccines, medication and feed additives to the water can potentially leave residues within the system. These residues can culminate in assisting the build-up of biofilms within the drinking water system and lines, resulting in reduced water flow, blocked drinker nipples, and the continuous recontamination of the drinking water itself.

Therefore, best practice continuous and terminal biosecurity; using a powerful dual action disinfectant and acidifying agent specifically developed for poultry drinking water systems is essential to help promote good flock performance during times of increased stress, feed additive and antibiotic withdrawal periods.

The specified uses and registered claims for Virkon™ S may vary from country to country. Please contact LANXESS directly to verify country-specific approved usages.