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    [post_content] => If you’re in the business of keeping your customers' kitchens running safe and clean, you’re aware of the impact cooking oil can have over time on drains and pipes. A lot of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can build up in systems like grease traps, sewage systems and industrial systems. Eventually, the FOG from both commercial and residential food preparation can accumulate in pipes and lead to major issues like sewer overflows, problems at pumping stations and odors. Let us now introduce you to your new best friend, Bacillus – a type of bacteria that thrives on the rich nutrients found in FOG.

At MDG, we created a Bacillus-based treatment called SporActiv® for the janitorial and sanitation market that effectively digests FOG through bioaugmentation. Using a Bacillus-based solution instead of physical or harsh chemical treatments is cost-effective in that it helps reduce the need for cleaning or pumping FOG from grease traps and lift stations.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of our Bacillus at reducing FOG, we conducted a lab experiment, where we added olive oil or vegetable oil to liquid media, treated with SporActiv Core, and measured the bacterial activity. There was an increase in bacterial activity in the presence of all three types of oil, indicating that the Bacillus were able to use the oils as a food source (Figure 1). These experiments demonstrate that our SporActiv Bacillus are able to use different types of FOG as food sources to promote bacterial activity resulting in digestion and removal of FOG.

If you’d like to learn more about our Bacillus-based SporActiv products and how as a manufacturing partner we can help support you with research, contact us and one of our representatives will reach out to you. We’ve Got Your Bac!



Figure 1. Bacterial activity of SporActiv Core in the presence of different types of oils. Increased activity indicates SporActiv Bacillus are able to use oils as a food source.
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  • MDG
  • January 6, 2021
If you’re in the business of keeping your customers' kitchens running safe and clean, you’re aware of the impact cooking oil can have over time on drains and pipes. A lot of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can build up in systems like grease traps, sewage systems and industrial systems. Eventually, the FOG from both commercial and residential food preparation can accumulate in pipes and lead to major issues like sewer overflows, problems at
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Cleaning with Biosurfactants

  • MDG
  • November 6, 2020
In your search for environmentally friendly cleaning ingredients, you’ve likely come across the term ‘biosurfactants’. Do you know what they are – and what they do in bio-enzymatic cleaners? Read on to become armed with the knowledge you need to make informed formulation decisions. What is a Biosurfactant? A biosurfactant is a biologically derived substance that helps reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it’s
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What’s Inside a Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner?

  • MDG
  • September 16, 2020
With environmentally friendly cleaners continuing to trend, more and more chemical manufacturers want to know – what’s inside a bio-enzymatic cleaner? In this article, we’ll walk through some of the common building blocks within formulations. Not all ingredients are essential for every product as it depends upon the application, but by understanding each element, you’ll know what you may want to request when discussing products
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Are You Offering a Bacillus RV Septic Treatment?

  • MDG
With social distancing still the norm, outdoor activities like RV camping are providing much needed freedom from indoor seclusion. While campfires, cooking outdoors, hiking and going wherever the road takes you are everyone’s favorite – sleeping in an RV with a smelly toilet isn’t! As a cleaning solutions manufacturer and/or distributor, you may know that there are three main types of RV septic tank treatments on the market:
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SporActiv® New Water-Soluble Film: Makes Treatment Easy and Safe

  • MDG
As more and more people are working remotely, their sewage and septic systems are being put to the test. We’ve written recent articles highlighting the potential for backups and the various items that shouldn't be making their ways into your septic tank. Good news, we’ve also touched on the strength of biological treatments. MDG manufactures pre-measured and easy-to-use septic tank pouches that work hard well after application to continue
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Are you over-preserving?

  • MDG
  • June 24, 2020
Many of us know what happens when you mistakenly under-preserve a biological product: the bottles start to bulge or suck-in (the latter can also be caused by fragrance issues), fungal growth starts to appear or it starts to have an unpleasant odor. But do you know what signs to look for if your product is over-preserved? There is usually one noticeable sign of an over-preserved product: the customers who were consistently using your product
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A Closer Look at X

  • MDG
  • June 8, 2020
X marks the spot…of some purchasing confusion. A common misconception when comparing the pricing of three different 10X concentrate products is that the “X” in the product name represents the microbial concentration. The X actually represents the level of preservation – i.e. the level of dilution required to make a 1X product. To ensure you choose the optimal product for your business and compare "apples to apples", read on to learn
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Clearing Up Fats, Oils & Grease

  • MDG
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that originate from restaurants, residential homes, and food processing facilities are commonly discharged into sewer systems. Picture things like vegetable oil and solid fats, such as lard. They eventually accumulate and can cause blockages in drainage systems, grease traps, and lift stations. Luckily for us (and our customers), FOG and other solids can be effectively broken down, digested and removed with the
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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Back-Ups

  • MDG
  • May 14, 2020
With the current COVID-19 environment, septic tank back-ups may be more concerning than ever before. Septic service companies are in high-demand, more people are home adding materials to the systems limited capacity, and high amounts of disinfectants are being used, all of which are putting home septic systems to the test. Thankfully, there are many proactive measures you can take to prevent an untimely back-up. Here are the top 5 tips to
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The Science Behind the Stink

  • MDG
  • May 4, 2020
Nobody wants to wake up in the morning to the smell of their pet’s mess. But lucky you, you’re the one who gets to clean it up. Before you run to the cabinet to grab that foaming cleaner with a strong fragranced deodorizer, perhaps it’s best to take a few minutes to understand why your pet’s mess smells the way it does. Knowing this may encourage you to grab a different cleaning option that will do more than mask the odor, it will remove
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