Antimicrobial Spray Intervention

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Small abattoir operators can take several steps to improve food safety and wholesomeness. One of the key steps is the use of an antimicrobial spray treatment. Antimicrobial spray treatment is a low cost, efficient and effective intervention treatment approved by Health Canada as a processing aid to control harmful bacteria on meat surfaces post slaughter. A dilute antimicrobial solution is sprayed on carcasses, internal organs, and parts. Organic acids (lactic, acetic, and citric), peroxyacetic acid, and chlorine based compounds such as sodium hypochlorite are commonly used. The proper use of an antimicrobial spray treatment will improve meat safety and extend the shelf life of the meat.
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This information published to the web on September 23, 2014.
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