Australia considers US firm’s request for transformation aid

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Australian officials are asking for advice on whether to allow the use of a processing aid from a US company to reduce microorganisms in raw poultry.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has requested comment on the application by Safe Foods, a US-based company, to authorize the use of cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) for the antimicrobial treatment of raw poultry.

If permitted in Australia and New Zealand, it will provide the poultry meat industry with an additional option to reduce micro-organisms. The United States and Canada allow its use, but it has not yet been approved in Europe.

Terms of use
Sandra Cuthbert, acting CEO of FSANZ, said the agency had assessed the processing aid’s effectiveness and safety.

“Our evaluation revealed that CPC is an effective antimicrobial agent for the treatment of raw skin-on poultry, and that there are no health and safety concerns associated with its use as a processing aid,” he said. she declared.

The diluted CPC preparation would be applied at the processing site by spraying it on whole carcasses after evisceration, either before entering the chiller, after chilling, or by dipping the poultry parts into the solution after evisceration. evisceration and chilling of whole carcasses.

The authorization is subject to a maximum authorized level of CPC in poultry skin of 13.4 milligrams per kilogram, the concentration of CPC in the aqueous washing solution not exceeding 1% weight by volume and that the raw poultry meat is rinsed with potable water after treatment. .

FSANZ’s decision on whether or not to approve the application will be sent to the ministers responsible for food regulation who may request a review or agree to include the amendment in the Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code. Comments on the proposal are open until April 13.

Changes to residue limits
FSANZ has also called for comments on proposed changes to maximum residue limits (MRLs) for certain agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

MRLs are the highest amount of an agricultural or veterinary chemical residue that is allowed to remain in or on food sold in Australia. Limits are based on the amount of chemical needed to control pests and/or diseases.

Cuthbert said the agency was reviewing requests to amend the Australia-New Zealand Food Standards Code to bring 166 chemicals into line with limits set by the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Authority, the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other international food agencies.

Requests have also been made by the Almond Board of California, the American Peanut Council, BASF, the North American Blueberry Council and the US Department of Agriculture.

“Our food assessment of the requested changes found no health and safety concerns with changing the MRLs for the named chemicals. The proposed changes will reduce trade barriers and support Australian food imports while ensuring the safety of Australian consumers. “, she said.

Comments should be submitted from those in Australia by April 27 and from outside the country by May 18.

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