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Japan Approves New Food Additives for Meat

| Japan
Posted By: Hiroshi Morita

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Peracetic acid is newly approved as a food additive together with octanoic acid, 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid, and hydrobromous acid. They are used as meat sterilizers.

Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) published a partial amendment of the Ordinance of Food Sanitation Act and the Specification of Foods, Additives etc., by adding these substances to the food additive list, as of from October 8, 2016.

Before these approval, there have been no meat sterilizers approved as food additives in Japan, despite relatively frequent occurrence of the hemolytic strains of E. coli on meat surface.

More information (in Japanese) can be found here.