FAIRLFIELD, NJ – The US Department of Agriculture has granted A&B Ingredients approval for its CytoGuard as a Salmonella intervention agent in ground poultry products.

The company developed CytoGuard for use as a powerful antimicrobial agent to combat common foodborne pathogens. Based on Lauric Arginate, a derivate of Lauric Acid, L-Arginine and Ethanol – all naturally occurring substances – CytoGuard LA is designed for use in ready-to-eat processed meat and poultry products.

USDA acknowledged A&B Ingredients’ submitted microbiological data showing a reduction in Salmonella in acknowledging the company’s request for use of the lauric arginate ester (LAE) as an antimicrobial agent in ground poultry.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate more than 76 million incidents of foodborne illness occur in the US each year. One area of deep concern to consumers is the spread of pathogens such as Listeria, Salmonella and E. Coli in prepared foods.” said Gil Bakal, managing director.