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April 6, 2016
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BCI is pleased to announce that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) food additive regulations have been added to the Food Additive Database and are available to subscribers.

GCC member nations are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman.

The GCC recently adopted two new regulations:  Additives Permitted for Use in Food Stuffs (GSO 2500/2015) and Sweeteners Permitted in Food (GSO 995/2015). Superseding several previous regulations, these documents more closely align the GCC with Codex food additive standards. The GSO electronic publication of these standards is available for purchase from the GSO Standards Catalogue.

BCI's Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 800 additives in more than 65 countries worldwide.  Please contact us for more information on subscribing.

February 23, 2016
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On February 19, the Gulf Cooperation Council notified the WTO of a Draft Technical Regulation for "Modified Starches".  The GCC includes the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.  The document is available in Arabic, and comments are due April 19, 2016.

The GCC's food additive regulations, in English, are in the process of being added to the International Food Additive Database.  If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

April 8, 2015
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On April 8, the Kingdom of Bahrain notified the WTO of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) draft Maximum Limits of Pesticides Residues and Contaminants in Organic Food. The final date for comments is June 7, 2015.

August 27, 2014
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On August 27, 2014, Bahrain notified the WTO of draft specification standards for canned strawberries, fresh tomatoes, canned citrus fruits, dried sweet basil, edible olive oils and olive pomace oils, and edible vegetable oils.  These individual standards may contain food additive use information.      

Bahrain and other GCC nations are currently not included in the International Food Additive Database, but they are being considered for future inclusion.

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