TROY– The United States Department of Agriculture has certified seven products from Troy-based Microcide Inc. for their biobased content as biopreferred for federal procurement.
These include food cleaners and oral rinse products.
The certification by the USDA separates Microcide products from some of its competition.
The BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, the 2002 farm bill, and expanded by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, the 2008 farm bill. The purpose is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The United States Department of Agriculture manages the program.
The BioPreferred program includes both a preferred procurement program for federal agencies and their contractors and a voluntary labeling program for the broad scale consumer marketing of biobased products.
USDA has defined biobased products as those commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products, including renewable domestic agricultural materials and forestry materials. The BioPreferred Program designates product categories for federal preferred procurement status and is also developing a certification label which companies can use to identify their biobased products.
Microcide is a Michigan based technology company that has developed a broad platform technology using food grade and food additive ingredients to replace toxic and hazardous products such as bleach, chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen peroxide, ozone, phenols and more. The company has received several patents and trademarks on these products.
Microcide manufactures and markets products for food processing, healthcare industry, consumer sector and institutions. The products are used by NASA, the United States Navy, Starbucks, Archer Daniels Midland, grocery chains and other biopharmaceutical companies.
The company has completed two Small Business Innovative Research projects from the National Institutes of Health and NASA. The company was nominated by the EPA for the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2005.