A food processing aid used against Salmonella has been backed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Salmonelex, produced by Micreos, uses natural phages against the pathogen and received the GRAS backing from the agencies this week.
Micreos said that industrial scale projects with US poultry processors will start this month.
Mark Offerhaus, CEO of The Netherlands-based firm, said: “Now that the FDA and USDA have given the green light we can offer food processors a new and natural solution against Salmonella, including antibiotic resistant strains.
“Following the successful launch of Listex against Listeria, we are now further expanding the 'green' arsenal of weapons against foodborne pathogens.”
Salmonelex eliminates Salmonella, rather than inhibiting its growth and can be applied by spraying topically or being added to chill tank water.
Dirk de Meester, business development manager for Micreos, said research has showed that the system does not dissipate in the presence of protein.
“Thus, the product enables processors to reduce the use of chemicals and reach Salmonella in places where antimicrobial chemicals are ineffective, for example in follicles which close when exposed to cold water in a chiller."