Do Labs Test for Biocide in Synthetic Urine?

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Our Quick Fix Urine is synthetic urine that is identical to the real thing in every way. Our brand of fake pee is designed to be identical and contain many of the things found in real urine — from nitrates to traces of urea and uric acid.

If you are using our synthetic urine, you may be taking advantage of this feature, especially for product tests. You may also be using the product to calibrate urine testing devices or methods with something close to the real thing.

Quick Fix Synthetic Urine also contains a biocide. A biocide acts as a preservative to increase the shelf life of urine before you use it. This means that it can be stored without refrigeration, unlike real urine that was generated in the human body.

With that in mind, you may be wondering if biocides show up on a standard urine test. Technically, labs can test for anything. Whether they do or not is a different question.

Biocide-revealing tests can cost a lab thousands of dollars for just a single test. Yes. One sample. The costs are enough to dissuade labs from ever testing for biocides and other preservative compounds. In other words, labs are not testing for biocides. Doing so would not be cost-effective.

How Does a Biocide Work?

Biocides are one of several chemical substances used for chemical safety and preservation. According to OECD.org, biocides work by eliminating the growth of microorganisms in a given substance or on a surface.

Biocides often include chemical preservatives. However, more substances have made their way to the OECD’s list of biocides. At the time of writing, biocides now include:

  • Wood preservatives
  • Disinfectants
  • Pesticides
  • Rodenticides

Biocides that work on chemicals or liquid solvents are widely used. Using such biocides prevents the growth of putrefying and rancidifying fungi and algae. The growth of algae and fungi can radically shorten the shelf life of a certain substance — both organic and inorganic. With the use of a biocide, a liquid substance like fake pee can stay viable, fresh, and useful for much longer. In other words, fake urine does not go foul as quickly.

Testing For Biocides is Extremely Expensive

Biocide testing is expensive. In fact, a test for just one sample costs over $1000, and this is on the low side. Higher-end tests cost upwards of about $2000. Some laboratories test for biocides through third-party labs. They simply aren’t set up to test for biocides.

Third-party testing involves sending samples to a laboratory that offers wide spectrum GC/MS testing as a service. Since each batch of urine samples incurs a testing cost, many laboratories will wait until enough samples are collected to maximize the testing fee.

As mentioned earlier, biocide testing is highly specific. For its specificity, it is not a test carried out by many laboratories.

What About “Biocide Free” Urine?

Urine marketed as “Biocide Free” is simply just marketing. For years, Specturm Labs has been the industry-leading company for artificial urine. Our in-house chemists have perfected the art of creating urine that is viable for scientific research. The presence of biocide has no impact on the final testing of urine or its use in scientific research.

Some synthetic urine manufactures have even gone as far as posting anonymously on the internet that the presence of Biocide will create problems at laboratories. Rest assured, you want Biocide in your urine. Having a preservative that keeps urine from going bad is critical. Rancid urine will present an issue at any laboratory.

You should stay away from any urine that is Biocide Free. It is highly likely that even the smallest amount of bacteria in the product will cause big problems for you.

In Conclusion: Quick Fix Works

You should not be concerned about the presence of Biocide in Quick Fix. We are the leading synthetic urine and stand by all of our products. Rest assured that a valid batch of Quick Fix will work just like the real thing.