The history of safe use for Acetobacter aceti is predominately for food grade acetic acid (vinegar) production. Members of the genus Acetobacter have been used industrially since the 1850's (Edberg, 1991). A. aceti has also been reported in the literature as being used for cellulose production for specialty papers or headphones (Anonymous, 1989a, 1989b); however, strains capable of cellulose production are classified as A. pasteurianus or A. hansenii under the new taxonomic system (De Ley et al., 1984). A. aceti is considered a Class 1 Agent under the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1986), and is on the FDA's GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list of microorganisms.
There are a number of (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Substances Control Act) applications for acetic acid. These include manufacturing of acetate rayon, plastics production, rubber production, and photographic chemicals.
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