Pseudomonas fluorescens (Strain ATCC 13525)

ATCC 13525

What is it?

  • Pseudomonas fluorescens strain ATCC 13525 is a bacterium that could have a number of industrial, commercial, and consumer uses.
  • ATCC 13525 has characteristics in common with other strains of the species Pseudomonas fluorescens, which are found in nature.

How is it used?

  • Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 is currently used in Canada for a variety of applications.
  • The characteristics of Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 make it suitable for use in enzyme and chemical production, pulp and paper and textile processing, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment, waste degradation (particularly in petroleum refineries), bioremediation and biodegradation, as well as in commercial and household drain cleaners and degreasers, septic tank additives and general cleaning and odour-control products.

Why is the Government of Canada assessing it?

How are Canadians exposed to it?

  • The general population of Canada may be exposed to Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 from the use of consumer or commercial products containing this strain, and to a lesser extent from environmental media.

How is it released to the environment?

  • Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 may be released to the Canadian environment from its deliberate addition to consumer or commercial products or its use in industrial processes in Canada.

What are the results of the assessment?

  • The Government of Canada has conducted a science-based evaluation of Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525, called a screening assessment.
  • Screening assessments address potential for harm to the general population in Canada and to the Canadian environment.
  • Hazards related to micro-organisms used in the workplace should be classified accordingly under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 is not considered to be harmful to the environment or to health of the general population at current levels of exposure in Canada.
  • The Government of Canada has therefore concluded that Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 is not entering the environment in a quantity or under conditions that constitute a danger to the environment and human health in Canada.
  • Nevertheless, susceptible humans with compromised immunity, or those exposed to Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC 13525 through contaminated medical devices or blood products could be at risk of infection.

What is the Government of Canada doing?

What can Canadians do?

  • As a general precaution, Canadians are reminded to carefully follow any safety warnings and directions when using any product, and to dispose of the products appropriately.
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