New Preservatives in RTE Products Recommended

US - Health Canada has announced it will recommend the Canadian food and drug regulations be amended to permit the use of sodium diacetate and sodium acetate as preservatives in standardized and unstandardized preparations of meat, meat by-products, poultry meat, poultry meat by-products, prepared and preserved fish products, at a maximum level of use of 0.25 per cent of final product weight.
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This move allows meat processors to re-formulate ready-to-eat (RTE) products with a combination of lactate (previously approved by Health Canada) along with diacetate as an antimicrobial in certain RTE products with the primary target being the control of growth of Listeria monocytogenes. This combination of antimicrobials has been allowed in the US since March 2000.

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