Superglue Advocated for Preventing Fecal Leakage in Poultry

Food Chemical News April 24, 1995, p. 12: "Robert Cook, a consultant from Alexandria, VA, complained that processes exist that would allow the industry to improve the safety of its products, but that the regulatory agencies, governed by laws written generations ago, have not yet approved them. As an example, he talked about using Superglue to seal the vents on poultry before slaughter to prevent the birds from reflexively excreting fecal material at the time of death...."

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, CA, May 16, 1995: Jim Munn, president of Pacer Technology, Rancho Cucamonga, CA has been trying since 1992 to get government agencies to approve his company's superglue product "Rectite" for use in gluing shut the rectal cavities of turkeys and chickens to prevent fecal matter from contaminating meat and cut down on the number of birds required to be re-processed and re-inspected.

FDA told UPC that an "Investigational New Animal Drug Application" was filed but that FDA can't technically admit there's an application because it falls under "trade secret and confidential commercial information." Acknowledging the application to UPC was based on the fact that the matter has already been made public. Superglue trials are apparently being conducted. UPC is filing a Freedom of Information Act request for records from FDA and USDA.