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From: Mrs. W. (
Subject: FDA approves food additive Petition for Formaldehyde
Date: June 7, 2007 at 7:36 am PST

In Reply to: Formaldehyde is a toxic cheminal posted by Mr. Z on June 7, 2007 at 6:49 am:

Many things we use, eat, drink and inhale every day are toxic. We pick our poisons as I've said before. It is ok to try to avoid all of them but what bothers me is hypocrisy. If you avoid all chemicals, all additives, all urban areas, etc. then fine. But to say it is any worse than other toxic chemicals we eat, drink, swim in, and clean with is terribly inaccurate. People have died using bleach solutions in their homes! Many of us still use bleach and their derivatives for cleaning, in our hair, etc.

So it's illegal to use it in cosmetics but not actually to eat it? (read article below)

My understanding is that it is used in many cosmetics in the USA to varying degrees. It's great to be educated but terribly wrong to insist that this small % ingredient in this solution will be the ONE THING that we did that killed us - not the thousands of other things we expose ourselves to every day.

Pick your poison and research it. Decide whether you want to use it. But don't tell me not to. I'm perfectly able to make my own decisions. I've posted formaldehyde articles up before. If the FDA bans it, fine?

But the FDA ultimately has approved things that ended up killing people as well. Pick your poisons. Research every ingredient in everything you use. that's great. This is just one of the many toxic things we use and expose ourselves to every day.

April 9, 1996


FDA announced that the Agency is amending the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of formaldehyde (37 percent aqueous solution), at the rate of 5.4 pounds per ton (2.5 kilograms per ton) as an antimicrobial food additive for maintaining complete poultry feeds salmonella negative for up to 14 days. This action is in response to a food additive petition filed by Anitox Corp, Buford, Georgia.

Salmonella is known to cause animal disease. The effect of subclinical cases of salmonella on animal production is difficult to quantitate. However, there are circumstantial data suggesting a potential link between the organisms in feed and organisms causing human and animal salmonellosis. For this reason in 1990, FDA announced a salmonella negative goal for animal feed and feed ingredients.

The availability of compounds that can control re-contamination of a feed with salmonella is important to achieving the goal of salmonella negative for animal feed and feed ingredients. In the September 28, 1995 Federal Register, FDA defined salmonella negative as 10 samples, from a production lot, testing negative for salmonella using the culture procedure described in the 7th Edition of FDA's Bacteriological Analytical Manual.

FDA has evaluated the data in the food additive petition for formaldehyde and other relevant material. The Agency concluded that formaldehyde (37 percent aqueous solution) is safe when used at the rate of 5.4 pounds (2.5 kilograms) per ton of poultry feed, and that the regulations should be amended in Title 21, Part 573.460.

Additional information on this food additive approval is available in the Federal Register announcement or by contacting Dr. Daniel G. McChesney, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-222), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-594-1728. Any person who will be adversely affected by this regulation may file written objections on or before May 9, 1996, with the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, Room 1-23, 12420 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20857.


Issued by:
FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine,
Office of Management and Communications, HFV-12
7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855
Telephone: (301) 827-3800 FAX: (301) 827-4065
Internet Web Site: http://www.fda.gov/cvm

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