Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of potassium lactate and sodium lactate as antimicrobial preservatives in unstandardized marine and fresh water animal products and certain standardized marine and fresh water animal products.
Potassium lactate and sodium lactate are already permitted for use in Canada as preservatives in the List of Permitted Preservatives.
The results of Health Canada's evaluation of available scientific data support the safety and efficacy of potassium lactate and sodium lactate when used as requested by the petitioner. Therefore, Health Canada has modified the List of Permitted Preservatives, effective January 8 2016.
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food additive.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Preservatives to Enable the Use of Potassium Lactate and Sodium Lactate as Preservatives in Unstandardized and Certain Standardized Marine and Fresh Water Animal Products - Document Reference number: NOM/ADM-0064, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0064-eng".
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including potassium lactate and sodium lactate. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this food additive or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "potassium lactate and sodium lactate" in the subject line of your e-mail.