The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a directive that revises its list of suitable ingredients that can used in the production of meat, poultry and egg products. FSIS will update the directive quarterly by issuing revisions as opposed to amendments. FSIS has added hypobromous acid and oat filler as suitable ingredients for certain processes.

Hyporomous acid, which can kill the cells of many pathogens, may be used in water or ice under specific conditions to process meat and poultry products. Oat filler can be used in various meat products where binders are permitted and in whole muscle meat products “not to exceed 3.5 percent of the product formulation.” Oat filler must be listed as an “isolated oat product” or “modified oat product” in the ingredients statement and whole muscle meat products must be descriptively labeled.