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EU lifts ban on lactic acid on beef


Commission Regulation (EU) No 101/2013, published in the Official Journal on February 5, 2013, allows the application of lactic acid as a pathogen reduction treatment (PRT) on beef carcasses, half-carcasses and beef quarters in the slaughterhouse. The approval of lactic acid as a PRT in Europe is a major victory for science-based food processing. It will allow U.S. beef exporters to better take advantage of EU beef quotas, worth $700 million, without forgoing customary food safety procedures, which was the primary goal of the United States. More information will become available on our “reports” page.