FDA Permits Use of Antimicrobial in Poultry Processing

Date: Apr 05, 2004

The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule, effective April 2, amending the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of cetylpyridinium chloride as an antimicrobial agent in poultry processing (69 Fed. Reg. 17297, April 2, 2004).

This action is in response to a food additive petition (FAP 2A4736) filed on behalf of Safe Foods Corp. by Keller and Heckman in 2002 to amend the food additive regulations in 21 CFR part 173.

FDA said it had evaluated the data in the petition and other relevant material, and concluded that the proposed use of the additive is safe. The agency explained that, because byproducts resulting from poultry processing are typically recycled back into animal feed, it was requiring use of a capture and recycle technology, as proposed by the petitioner, to limit the potential for bioaccumulation of cetylpyridinium chloride in animal feed and thus to avoid the possibility of additional exposure to humans who consume poultry.