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FSIS Issues Proposed Rule on Food Ingredients and Sources of Radiation Approved for Use in Meat and Poultry Products

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

(American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule, Food Ingredients and Sources of Radiation Listed and Approved for Use in the Production of Meat and Poultry Products, that would remove sodium benzoate, sodium propionate, and benzoic acid from the list of substances prohibited from being used in certain ready-to-eat (RTE) meat or poultry products.

Under the proposed rule, the Food and Drug Administration would continue to approve for safety uses of these substances in meat or poultry products and FSIS would determine their suitability for use in meat and poultry products. If finalized as proposed, FSIS would add approved uses of these substances to the list of approved substances that are in the agency's Directive 7120.1.

Comments are due on or before July 6, 2012. The proposed rule can be reviewed here: http://1.usa.gov/IZSH3g.


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