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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. 1960

Harcros Chemicals, Inc.

According to Section 409(h)(1)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, food contact substance notifications (FCNs) are effective only for the listed manufacturer and its customers. Other manufacturers must submit their own FCN for the same food contact substance and intended use.

Food Contact Substance: An aqueous mixture of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) (CAS Reg. No. 79-21-0), hydrogen peroxide (HP) (CAS Reg. No. 7722 -84-1), acetic acid (CAS Reg. No. 64-19-7), 1-hydroxyethylidine-1,1-diphosphonic acid (HEDP) (CAS Reg. No. 2809-21-4), and optionally sulfuric acid (CAS Reg. No. 7664-93-9) and/or dipicolinic acid (DPA) (CAS Reg. No. 499-83-2).
Notifier: Harcros Chemicals, Inc.
Manufacturer/Supplier: Harcros Chemicals, Inc.
Intended Use: As an antimicrobial agent in process water, ice, and brine used in the production and preparation of meat, poultry, processed and pre-formed meat and poultry products, fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and shell eggs; and in sauces and marinades used in the production and preparation of poultry and processed and pre-formed meat and poultry products (see Limitations/Specifications).
Limitations/Specifications*: The components of the FCS mixture will not exceed:
  1. 2000 ppm PAA, 947 ppm HP, 116 ppm HEDP and 0.5 ppm DPA in process water and ice used to spray, wash, rinse, or dip meat carcasses, parts, trim, and organs and in chiller water or scald water for meat carcasses, parts, trim, and organs; and
  2. 2000 ppm PAA, 947 ppm HP, 116 ppm HEDP, and 0.5 ppm DPA in process water and ice used to spray, wash, rinse or dip poultry carcasses, parts, trim, and organs and in chiller water, immersion baths (e.g., less than 40°F), or scald water for poultry carcasses, parts, trim, and organs; and
  3. 495 ppm PAA, 234 ppm HP, 29 ppm HEDP, and 0.1 ppm DPA in water, brine, and ice for washing, rinsing, or cooling of processed and pre-formed meat products; and
  4. 230 ppm PAA, 109 ppm HP, 13 ppm HEDP, and 0.1 ppm DPA in water, brine, and ice for washing, rinsing, or cooling of processed and pre-formed poultry products; and
  5. 230 ppm PAA, 109 ppm HP, and 13 ppm HEDP in process water and ice used to commercially prepare fish and seafood; and
  6. 350 ppm PAA, 166 ppm HP, 20 ppm HEDP, and 0.1 ppm DPA in process water and ice used for washing or chilling fruits and vegetables in a food processing facility; and
  7. 229 ppm PAA, 108 ppm HP, and 13 ppm HEDP in process water used as a spray on seeds for sprouting (alfalfa, clover, broccoli, flax, and chia) as a well as edible seeds (chia, flax, and hemp) and nuts (almond, cashew, and walnut). The FCS will be applied in the preparing, packing, or holding of the food for commercial purposes, consistent with the FD&C Act section 201(q)(1)(B)(i). The treated edible seeds can be consumed directly or further processed into flour, protein, or oil. The treated edible nuts are intended to be consumed as nuts. The treated seeds for sprouting are intended to be consumed as sprouts; and
  8. 2000 ppm PAA, 947 ppm HP, and 116 ppm HEDP in water for washing shell eggs; and
  9. 50 ppm PAA, 24 ppm HP, and 3 ppm HEDP in brines, sauces, and marinades applied either on the surface or injected into processed or unprocessed, cooked, or uncooked, whole or cut poultry parts and pieces and surface sauces and marinades applied on processed and pre-formed meat and poultry products.
Effective Date: May 20, 2019
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)** Submission: Environmental Assessment (in PDF)
FDA Decision: Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

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