Informe del Comité Científico de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN) en relación a la seguridad del uso de tres soluciones acuosas de peróxido de hidrógeno, ácido acético y ácido peracético como coadyuvantes tecnológicos para la desinfección bacteriana del agua de lavado de cítricos y pimientos en las plantas de procesado

  1. Jordi Mañes Vinuesa
  2. Carlos Manuel Franco Abuín
  3. Elena González Fandos
  4. Carmen Rubio Armendáriz
  5. Ricardo López Rodríguez
Revista del Comité Científico de la AESAN

ISSN: 1885-6586

Year of publication: 2020

Issue: 31

Pages: 33-47

Type: Article

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The company Peroxychem Spain S.L.U. has requested a safety assessment of the use of three aqueous solutions of hydrogen peroxide, acetic acid and peracetic acid as processing aids. 1-Hydroxy Ethylidene-1,1-Diphosphonic Acid (HEDP) was used as a stabiliser. The proposed use is the antibacterial treatment of water used to wash citrus fruits and peppers in processing plants. When this water is disinfected, it can be reused for the consecutive washing of fruits and vegetables through a recirculating system, maintaining it in appropriate conditions and thus reducing water usage. These are the same aqueous solutions previously assessed by the AESAN’s Scientific Committee in 2018, however an increased dosage has been requested here so that the concentration of peracetic acid in washing solutions is increased from the previously assessed 45 ppm to 200 ppm. The requested dosages, both for washing citrus fruits and peppers, are 356 ml/100 l of water in the case of VigorOx 5 F&V, and 116 ml/100 l of water for VigorOx 15 F&V and VigorOx 15/10 F&V. Considering the most adverse scenario of the presence of residues in citrus fruits and peppers and the consumption of these citrus fruits and peppers in Europe, an Estimated Daily Intake (EDI) of these residues as well as a consumer risk assessment by calculating the Margin of Safety (MOS) have been made. The Scientific Committee concludes that, based on the information provided by the applicant and taking into account the proposed composition and conditions of use, the the usage of the aqueous solutions as processing aids does not involve a health risk for the consumer.