Pure Bioscience is testing formulations of its antimicrobial to be used for direct food contact as a rinse or processing aid on produce, poultry and meats.
The creator of the silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) antimicrobial expects to make submissions for authorization to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Q2 2014.
The firm estimates that the authorization process could take up to six months (Q4 2014).
It would build on their SDC-based antimicrobial disinfectant for food contact surfaces, Pure Hard Surface, which has shown effectiveness in breadth and speed of pathogen kill.
"Having an SDC-based direct food application that is more effective in the killing of pathogens that persist through the processing of produce, poultry and meats will greatly increase the value of the food safety solution that Pure is able to offer the food industry," said Hank Lambert, CEO of Pure Bioscience.