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January 24, 2013
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On December 31, 2012, China's Ministry of Health published a proposal to amend several food additive maximum use levels.  The document is available in Chinese only.  The final date for comments is March 7, 2013.

The International Food Additive Database will be updated to include this amendment once it is established and in effect.

January 24, 2013
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On December 28, 2012, 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 related List of Designated Additives was updated on January 10, 2013.

The documents are 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.

December 13, 2012
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As part of BCI's international regulatory data services, BCI monitors on a daily basis government gazettes and regulatory websites, international databases, as well as World Trade Organization (WTO) member notifications for updates on food additive use regulations. BCI Food Additive News will provide information on new legislation, amendments, and proposed regulatory changes specifically related to these food additive regulations. Interested parties are encouraged to check back often, as new posts will typically go up at least once a week or subscribe to be notified by email of new postings.

The news items posted on this forum will also complement the data in the International Food Additive Database, communicating specific updates to the database as well as regulatory source information. This database is a joint project with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The database provides a single source of information on global food additive regulations, and allows users to compare food additive maximum use levels between countries for similar food types and categories. Search results include the exact food terminology used by the country, as well as any unique nuances noted in the market's food additive regulations.

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