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History of Ozone

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1840 - Discovered by Schönbein

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1893 - Used as a disinfectant in drinking water

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1909 - Used as a food preservative for cold storage of meats

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1939 - Was found to prevent the growth of yeast & mold during the storage of fruits

History of GRAS Status of Ozone

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1982 - FDA GRAS declaration for ozone use in bottled water

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1995 - FDA GRAS for ozone use in bottled water renewed without change

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1997 - Industry Expert Panel declares ozone GRAS and meets FDA requirements. Regulators have the option to later add control on ozone use.

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1999 - USDA rejects an ozone use protocol for meats, cites 1982 GRAS declaration for water where FDA stated "any other use must be regulated by a Food Additive Petition."

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2000 - Food Additive Petition, that addresses both water and air use of ozone, under preparation. FDA estimates approval will occur within six months of submission of the Petition

Status of Ozone in the Food Industry

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1982 - O3 declared GRAS for treatment of bottled water (Federal Register, Vol. 47, No. 113, November 5, 1982)

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1997 - Expert panel report : Evaluation of the history and safety of ozone in processing foods for human consumption. Vol. 2 : Abstracts. Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA. R & D Enterprise, Inc. / GRAS self declaration (Federal Register, v. 62 #74, April 19, 1997)

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2000 - FDA and USDA approval granted.

EPA - Disinfection By-Product Rules (DBPR)

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2000 - 2004: Implementation Stage

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Ozone is EPA listed as DBPR compliant

 

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