Notice of Health Canada-s Proposal to Enable the Use of Potassium Acetate and Potassium Diacetate as Preservatives in Meat and Poultry Products - Reference Number: NOP/AVP-0017

June 07, 2016


Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of two food additive submissions, one seeking approval for the use of potassium acetate and potassium diacetate and the other seeking approval for the use of potassium acetate only. These additives are intended for use as class 2 (i.e., antimicrobial) preservatives in a variety of meat and poultry products.

As no safety concerns were raised through this assessment, it is the intention of Health Canada to enable these food additives, as described in the information document. The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's intention in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of these food additives.

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Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including potassium acetate and potassium diacetate. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of these food additives or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "potassium acetate and/or potassium diacetate in the subject line of your e-mail. Health Canada is able to consider information received by August 20, 2016, 75 days from the date of this posting.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2

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