Health Canada to approve preservatives in RTE meats

by Editor
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Health Canada will recommend the Canadian food and drug regulations be amended to permit the use of sodium diacetate and sodium acetate as preservatives in ready-to-eat meat products.

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 U.S. since March 2000.