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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance (FCS) Notifications

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FCN No. 739

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Food Contact Substance:  An aqueous solution of sodium chlorite and chlorine dioxide containing up to 1200 mg/kg sodium chlorite and up to 30 mg/kg chlorine dioxide.
Notifier:  Bio-Cide International, Inc.
Manufacturer:  Bio-Cide International, Inc.
Intended Use:  For use on poultry carcasses, carcass parts, poultry meat, organs, or related parts or trim as an antimicrobial agent in poultry processing waters, as a component of a carcass spray or a dip solution.
Effective Date:  10/26/2007
Limitations/Specifications:  The additive is produced by mixing an aqueous solution of sodium chlorite with any generally recognized as safe acid to achieve a pH in the range of 2.2 to 3.0, then further diluting this solution with a pH elevating agent to achieve the final sodium chlorite concentration. When used as a carcass spray or dip on poultry carcasses, carcass parts, poultry meat, organs or related parts or trim, the final sodium chlorite concentration does not exceed 1200 mg/kg, and the chlorine dioxide concentration does not exceed 30 mg/kg. The pH of the use solution is between 5.0 and 7.5. When used in a pre-chiller or chiller solution on poultry carcasses and poultry carcass parts, the additive is used at a level that results in sodium chlorite concentrations between 50 and 150 parts per million. Contact times may be up to several minutes at temperatures between 0 and 15oC.
Environmental Impact Decisions:  Environmental Decisions Site