Ethyl lauroyl arginate (LAE®) was evaluated by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) in 2008 following its request by the Delegation of the United States of America. JECFA, official agency that depends on the United Nations Organisation (UN), determined that the use of LAE® as a processing aid additive is safe and it was assigned an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 4 mg/kg body weight/day.
In 2015, after its request by the Delegation of the United States of America, LAE® was included in the database of the Inventory of Substances Used as Processing Aid (IPA) that depends on Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA). It was registered in the category of food for fresh meat and poultry meat and game meat as an agent to control the microorganisms. Further information is available in this link.
This inclusion in the IPA list implies that LAE® meets the definition of processing aid established by Codex. It means that LAE®, it is a substance that can be intentionally used in fresh meat to control the microorganisms, and may lead to the unintentional, but unavoidable, presence of residues or derivatives in the final product. In accordance to the Codex general standard for Labelling of Prepackaged Foods (CODEX STAN 1-1985) processing aids are exempt from the declaration in the list of food ingredients.
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