Food-grade antimicrobials are approved for use by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and classified as "Generally Recognized As Safe" by the FDA at the recommended use levels as a very safe and effective way to kill or inhibit the growth of any potential foodborne pathogens, like Salmonella, on raw poultry products. They are used to assure the safety of poultry products, said the National Chicken Council (NCC) in response to claims made today in an article appearing in the Washington Post.
When administered properly at the federally recommended use levels, these antimicrobials are safe for poultry products, for consumers and for those working in the plant. These levels are frequently tested by both USDA and plant personnel to ensure they are at safe levels for the product and for workers in the plant. Read More