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On June 9, 2014, the National Organic Program (NOP) published a policy memorandum (PM
14-3) on the status of electrolyzed water under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
organic regulations at 7 CFR Part 205. Following the release of PM 14-3, stakeholders provided
additional technical and regulatory information on electrolyzed water to the NOP.
Chlorine materials are allowed to be used in organic production and handling. The National
Organic Program (NOP) Handbook includes guidance (NOP 5026) The Use of Chlorine
Materials in Organic Production and Handling. This guidance clarifies the allowable uses of
chlorine products under the USDA organic regulations.
Chlorine materials are included on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances
(National List). In water, chlorine materials such as calcium and sodium hypochlorite form an
equilibrium of related chlorine species, including hypochlorous acid
) and hypochlorite
). Similar chlorine species are formed in the generation of electrolyzed water. Accordingly,
the NOP considers hypochlorous acid
generated by electrolyzed water to be an allowable type of
FSIS Directive: Table of Safe and Suitable Ingredients
USDA Table Source: Click Here
Table Summary: Click Here
The Table of Safe and Suitable Ingredients identifies the food grade substances that have
been approved in 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for use in meat, poultry, and egg products as
food additives, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices and pre-market notifications, and approved
in letters conveying acceptability determinations.
Electrolytically generated hypochlorous acid
has been considered a safe and suitable ingredient for use in the production of meat, poultry, and egg products.