European Food Standards Agency backs European Commission's proposal to allow lactic acid as decontaminate in beef production, which is common practice in U.S.

LOS ANGELES , January 18, 2012 () – The European Food Standards Agency (FSA) backed a proposal from the European Commission (EC) to allow lactic acid as a decontaminate in beef production, reported on Jan. 18.

Although lactic acid is commonly used in beef processing in the U.S., the practice is not approved in Europe. The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted a document to the European Union in December 2010, advocating lactic acid as a safe practice in beef production, which led the EC to initiate a discussion on the matter.

The FSA report provided a recommendation on the matter but did not grant approval. A vote on the EC proposal will most likely occur in 2012.

The primary source of this article is, Montpellier, France, on Jan. 18, 2012.

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