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February 28, 2013
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The Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan recently published a proposal, "Amendment to the Technical Regulation of the Customs Union on Safety Requirements for Food Additives, Flavorings and Processing Aids", which, according to the related WTO Notification, adds natural vanillin to the list of permitted flavorings in formula for children over five months.  The proposal is available only in Russian.  The final date for comments is April 30, 2013.

For more information, please see the full Customs Union regulation, Safety Requirements for Food Additives, Flavorings and Processing Aids.

The Customs Union is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database, but is being considered for entry in 2013.

February 21, 2013
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On February 21, 2013, Food Standards Australia New Zealand published Amendment No. 139.  In addition to other revisions, the amendment includes a minor update to Standard 1.3.1 (Food Additives).

The International Food Additive Database has been updated to include this amendment.

February 19, 2013
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On February 4, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) published Resolução de Diretoria Colegiada - RDC No. 5, which establishes permitted food additives, with associated technological functions and maximum use levels, for use in non-fermented alcoholic beverages.  The regulation is available only in Portuguese.  A full list of Brazil's food additive regulations can be found on ANVISA's Food Additive Legislation page.

The new regulation is currently being analyzed and entered into the International Food Additive Database.

February 14, 2013
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Colombia's Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social (Ministry of Health and Social Welfare) recently published a draft resolution entitled "Por medio de la cual se establece el reglamento técnico sobre los requisitos que deben cumplir los aromatizantes/saborizantes utilizados en alimentos y bebidas alcohólicas para consumo humano, los materiales de base para la elaboración de aromatizantes/saborizantes; y los ingredientes alimentarios con propiedades aromatizantes" ("Establishing the Technical Regulation on the requirements for flavourings used in foods and alcoholic beverages for human consumption, materials used as the basis for such flavourings, and food ingredients with flavouring properties").  The final date for comments is April 24, 2013.

Further information can be found in the related WTO Notification.

February 13, 2013
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On January 28, 2013, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed the approval of a new food additive, 3-Ethylpyridine, to be used as a flavoring.  While the original comment period ended on February 12, there will be another opportunity to submit comments once the proposal is notified to the WTO.

Further information can be found in the related USDA GAIN Report.

February 13, 2013
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On February 13, 2013, Health Canada's Bureau of Chemical Safety published "Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents to Enable the Use of Propylene Glycol Mono Fatty Acid Esters as an Emulsifier and Stabilizer in Ice Milk Mix".  The amendment took effect upon publication.

The International Food Additive Database has been updated to include this amendment.  For more information on Canada's food additive regulatory system, please see Health Canada's Lists of Permitted Food Additives.

February 12, 2013
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On February 1, 2013, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) published an updated Standards for Use document on food additives, containing the full list of permitted additives with associated maximum use levels.

The document is currently being reviewed and entered into the International Food Additive Database.  More information on Japan's regulations can be found on MHLW's Food Additive page.

February 5, 2013
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On November 30, 2012, Vietnam's Ministry of Health published Circular 27, Guide for the Management of Food Additives.  Replacing the previous food additive regulation from 2001, this document includes a list of 400 approved additives along with their maximum use levels in food.  The regulation went into effect February 1, 2013.

The full document is available in Vietnamese only.  Further information and a partial English translation can be found in USDA GAIN Report VM3007: Vietnam Revises List of Additives Approved for Use in Food.

Vietnamese regulations are not currently included in the International Food Additive Database, but are being considered for entry in 2013.

January 29, 2013
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On January 22, 2013, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu published an amendment to the Standards for Specification, Scope, Application and Limitation of Food Additives.  The amendment applies to sweeteners, seasoning agents, and food quality improvement, fermentation and food processing agents.  These changes were originally proposed on October 1, 2012.

The International Food Additive Database has been updated to include this amendment.

January 24, 2013
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On January 17, 2013, the European Union published Commission Regulation (EU) No 25/2013, amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards the food additive potassium diacetate.  Please see the link for details.

The International Food Additive Database has been updated to include this amendment.

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