ATLANTA (July 12)—Vystar Corp. has come out with a new natural rubber latex produced through a proprietary process that the company claims deactivates antigenic proteins in latex, making it safe for use by those who are allergenic-protein sensitive.
Called Vytex, "the new safe latex" will be introduced to manufacturers at the International Latex Conference, to be held July 26-27 in Charlotte, N.C. A technical paper on the new latex will be presented at the conference.
Vystar President and CEO Travis Honeycutt said the firm´s process gets protein levels down below ranges standard tests label as undetectable. Vytex "can replace traditional natural rubber latex in virtually any manufacturing environment," he said, adding that the firm´s processes "are employed prior to vulcanization of natural latex rubber."
Vytex is especially needed in the health care industry, he maintained, where the number of workers affected by latex allergies is as high as 17 percent.
Plans are underway to begin production of the new latex in the near future, Honeycutt said.