Simple and Safe – The Importance of Biosecurity

Synbiont – Simple and Safe Biosecurity

A decade before the horse industry was focused on EHV-1 and other infectious diseases, commercial produce growers were focused on removing pathogens that made humans sick.

Synbiont was initially developed for use in the fresh produce industry to enhance food safety efforts. The patented chemistry was created to enhance efforts to eradicate foodborne bacteria and viruses prior to human consumption.

Utilizing this food-grade safe technology, the natural step into the animal health arena provides animal owners and animal facilities an effective, veterinarian approved, environmentally friendly alternative to help eliminate harmful pathogens such as E.coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Listeria, EHV-1 and Canine parvovirus.

This unique chemistry blends surfactants (negatively charged molecules) that are fully compliant within the EPA and FDA code of federal regulations. This blending process supercharges surfactant-based cleaning agents, creating a unique alternative to traditional disinfecting.  Synbiont has been awarded two US patents for its unique chemistry – #8,911,755 “Antimicrobial Composition” and #9,295,623 “Methods of preventing the transmission of communicable diseases in livestock”.

These biodegradable products penetrate and remove the substrates on which microbes thrive without toxic exposure to animals, humans or the environment.  Safe enough to apply on animals, the areas they frequent or equipment.

Don’t repeat the past

Everyone involved with the equine industry has a role in protecting the nation’s equine population.

In 2011, an EHV-1 outbreak occurred at an equine event in Ogden, Utah with primary exposure to 421 horses.  Due to the lack of biosecurity protocols, the facility, horses and the event were left vulnerable and exposed.  The horses that left the facility were dispersed into at least 21 states.  Secondary cases at new premises continued to be reported approximately 6 weeks after the initial outbreak.  Due to a lack of biosecurity efforts, a total of 242 premises throughout the US had been exposed with 55 confirmed EHV-1 cases and 33 EHM euthanized cases confirmed.

This bellwether event in the equine industry should be a reminder for us to be proactive, not reactive.

Reduce your risk with a biosecurity plan

Think of your biosecurity plan as a business continuity plan.  How do you keep your business moving forward during an outbreak or unexpected event?  The people who don’t have a plan in place, will have one after an outbreak.

There is no standard biosecurity protocol that applies to all situations – one size does not fit all.  Trainers, horse owners and event organizers should evaluate specific risks on the premises to develop the most suitable protocol plan for their premises.  The key is to define disease risks and take steps to reduce the introduction and spread of disease.  Have a plan to avoid movement restrictions or quarantines.

Advancing biosecurity efforts in the equine industry has been slow.  Widespread education, outreach and communication is gaining momentum at local, state and national levels.  Sites like the Equine Disease Communication Center ( seek and report real time information about equine disease outbreaks similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerts the human population about diseases in people.

As more trainers, event coordinators, veterinarians and facility managers discuss proactive biosecurity measures, the exposure to equine infectious diseases will decrease.


Most disinfectants are neutralized in the presence of organic matter, like dirt and manure.

Synbiont works as a cleaner and a disinfectant.  It cleans away the organic matter and at the same time eliminates pathogens such as EHV-1, E.coli, Listeria, Strangles and Salmonella.  This two-in-one action saves time and money while providing an environmentally safe alternative to bleach. By diluting the concentrated product 1:50, or 2.5oz/gallon of water, you have a powerful biosecurity weapon.  Safe and easy to apply on or around the animal, food or water.  This chemistry will not gas off or expire.  When applied regularly, Synbiont will also help reduce strong ammonia and manure odors, as well as repel fly pressure in the barn and on animals.

With many trainers, race tracks, veterinarians, transport companies and large national facility endorsements, Synbiont is a safe and effective way to provide peace of mind at home or on the road.

What’s In a Name?

Are you wondering where the unique name SYNBIONT came from? It’s a modified acronym:

Syn – Synergistic formulation of food-grade safe products

Bio – Biodegradable and safe for the environment

NT – Inert chemical blend

Did you know…?

  1. Synbiont’s chemistry came from the fruit and vegetable industry. Used in commercial produce facilities for cleaning and disinfecting, the product is safe but effective enough to ensure biosecurity and food safety on the produce we eat.
  2. Synbiont’s chemistry is made from a patented blend of food grade safe surfactants that were selected for human consumption. The ingredients are non-toxic, non-corrosive, pH balanced, compatible with other chemicals and biodegradable.  Unlike toxic chemicals, you can broaden your spectrum of applications without concern.
  3. Synbiont is protected by 2 US Patents. 9,295,623 – “Methods of preventing the transmission of communicable diseases in livestock” and 8,911,755 – “Antimicrobial composition”
  4. Synbiont does not have a shelf life restriction. Made from surfactants, similar to strong detergents, the chemical bonds don’t breakdown quickly allowing for longer shelf life.  The code you see on every bottle is for traceability that indicates batch and manufacturing data.
  5. The best way to apply Synbiont is with a garden hose-end sprayer or a pump-up sprayer.
  6. Synbiont can be sprayed on hard surfaces and on animals. The food grade safe chemistry makes Synbiont safe to apply on animals, water, food and objects animals come in contact with.
  7. All Synbiont products are made from the same ingredients –food grade safe surfactants. They are supercharged detergents that, blended together, create effects that both break down pathogens and clean them away from the host surface.
  8. Synbiont chemistry is used in various animal health applications to increase biosecurity protection. Arenas, dairies, cattle and pork production, Veterinarian clinics, poultry, kennels, wound care, animal transport, boarding facilities, fairgrounds, race tracks and petting zoos – to name a few.
  9. Synbiont is a great deodorizer and fly repellant. When applied regularly, Synbiont will help reduce strong ammonia and manure odors in barns and arenas.  It also works to repel fly pressure in the barn and on livestock.
  10. Synbiont is used for biosecurity protection in major equine arenas throughout the US. National Western Complex-CO, South Point Casino-NV, Oklahoma State Fair-OK, Will Rogers Coliseum-TX, Georgia Int’l Horsepark-GA, World Equestrian Center-OH.
  11. Synbiont is used by national and regional equine associations to protect their events and participants. National Cutting Horse Association, Ranch Sorting National Championship, Michigan Reining Horse Association, US Cutting Horse Association, Buckeye Reining Series.
  12. Synbiont manufacturers Noble Outfitters Biosecurity Wash and Wound Care. Synbiont chemistry is used to make Noble Outfitters Biosecurity Wash.  This allows for the Synbiont technology used by major facilities to be purchased is smaller, ready-to-use sizes at your local feed and tack stores.
  13. Synbiont can be used to control Strangles. Before or after you travel with your horse, apply Synbiont to your horse and contact areas to help avoid pathogens like Strangles.  Also effective against rain rot, girth itch and scratches.
  14. Synbiont can be used with other disinfectants. Synbiont is compatible when used with pesticides or other disinfectants such as bleach, chlorhexidine and hydrogen peroxide.
  15. Synbiont is Veterinarian approved. Veterinarians use Synbiont to disinfect their clinics, cages, instruments and stalls.