USDA & FDA Approval for Use of Ozone


Nonagricultural (nonorganic) substances allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as "organic" or "made with organic(specified ingredients or food groups(s))." 

The following nonagricultural substances may be used as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as "organic" or "made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s))"

(b) Synthetics allowed:

(21) Ozone.

[65 FR 80657, Dec. 21, 2000, as amended at 68 FR 61993, Oct. 31, 2003,

and 68 FR 62217, Nov 3, 2003]

For Complete Document, Click here.

No Labelling Required

Ozone has been approved by the USDA as a secondary direct food additive and is considered a processing aid. As such, Ozone need not be declared in the ingredients statement, nor need it be mentioned in any way in relation to the finished food product.

For Complete Document, Click here.


June 26, 2001 - Final Rule published in Federal Register (21 CFR Part 173, Docket No. 00F-1482)

"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of ozone in gaseous and aqueous phases as an antimicrobial agent on food, including meat and poultry."

For Complete Document, Click here.

April 1, 2002 - FDA Revision Relating to Secondary Direct Food Additives Permitted in Food for Human Consumption (21 CFR Part 173.368)

"Ozone may be safely used in the treatment, storage, and processing of foods, including meat and poultry ..."

(d) "The additive is used in contact with food, including meat ... in the gaseous or aqueous phase in accordance with current industry standards of good manufacturing practice."

(e) "When used on raw agricultural commodities, the use is consistent with section 201(q)(1)(B)(i) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ..."

For Complete Document, Click here.