Researchers at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service have developed a poultry cleanser using lauric acid and potassium hydroxide, FoodProductionDaily.com reports. Using this solution instead of chlorine-based sanitizer is effective in eliminating bacteria that cause food borne disease, according to a study in the International Journal of Poultry Science.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unit has been working to find alternatives to poultry chlorine washes. Since 1997, the European Union has banned poultry treated with chlorine, causing a long-standing trade dispute.