USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  is amending its federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations to remove sodium benzoate, sodium proportionate, and benzoic acid from the list of substances that the regulations prohibit for use in poultry or meat products. New uses of these substances in poultry or meat products will continue to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety and by FSIS for suitability. FSIS will add approved uses of these substances to the list of approved substances contained in the agency’s directive system. FSIS action becomes effective May 6.  The March 7 Federal Register is available here.