Livestock Foot Bathing Solutions without Formaldehyde

Date: 27/01/20

Livestock Foot Bathing Solutions without Formaldehyde

It has been a year since Kersia first formally stopped the use of formaldehyde in livestock foot bathing solutions, making our industry a safer place for all concerned. Thanks to our highly effective range of alternative products, including Podofeet Max, Farmalin Intense, Farmalin Impact and Superhoof Plus, our farmers have been able to maintain high levels of hoof hygiene and protection from disease, while delivering a new level of protection for the farm workforce too.

Why did we stop using formaldehyde?

The use of formaldehyde had been under scrutiny for a number of years, and on 10th December 2015 the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), announced that they had concluded that ‘on basis of the currently available data, no safe use of formaldehyde in the animals’ feet scenario can be demonstrated’. Furthermore, formaldehyde was classified as a category 1B carcinogen from 1st January 2016.

While formaldehyde was still considered safe for use in closed systems, such a fumigation chambers or sealed rooms, it was not considered safe when used in the open unless personal protection equipment was used. Unfortunately, in practice, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was found to be rarely used correctly, if at all, in the farm environment, putting farm workers at risk.  

Not only unsafe, but also ineffective

Not only were formaldehyde-based foot baths found to create an unacceptable risk for farm workers, they were also found to be ineffective for cattle in many circumstances. In the short contact time scenarios of a normal livestock foot bathing routine, a 5% Formalin solution does not pass the requirements of EN1656. Kersia’s alternative products were found to be both safer for the workforce and more effective in preventing lameness.

Farmalin Intense

Farmalin Intense, from Kersia, is an innovative, aldehyde and QUAT free topical antibacterial agent that does pass EN1656 for a range of major pathogens, including Psuedomonas Aeruginosa, ProteusVulgaris, Staphylococcus Aureus, Enterococcus Hirae. Used correctly in the foot bath, it delivers a number of benefits, including:

•    Increased biocide properties – achieved through the unique combination of chlorocresol and triamine
•    Increased on-farm performance – maintaining disinfectant efficacy across a variety of environments 
•    Improved detergency – with a lower contact angle enabling increased adherence on the hoof 
•    Improved skin conditioning – with the addition of water-soluble silicones 

Farmalin is also available as a topical spray, Farmalin Impact, for the treatment of individual animals outside of the regular livestock foot bathing routine.

Superhoof Plus

In addition to Farmalin, Super Hoof Plus can be added to foot baths to maintain hoof health. It is also aldehyde free and environmentally friendly, Super Hoof Plus both improves the condition of the hoof and significantly reduces chronic and raw lesions. It is formulated to remain anti-bacterial under severe organic challenge, delivering the best possible results for your herd, while keeping your own team safe.

Proud to have led the way

Kersia are proud to have led the way in removing formaldehyde from all our livestock foot bathing products. We believe in creating a food safe world from farm to fork, and that includes the safety of the dedicated farmers who care for our cattle and sheep. We continue to work, in partnership with some of the best labs in the Europe, to make our products even more effective and safer to use, making farming better for both your livestock and your workforce.

Want to find out more?

To discuss our range formaldehyde-free products for beef, sheep and dairy farms please contact us on one of the following:

General Enquiries: 

Lockerbie: T: (0) 1576 205480  E:


Phone: T: (0) 1576 205 486 E:     

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