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December 31, 2013
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The Eurasian Commission (the governing body of the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia) recently published a draft amendment to the Customs Union Technical Regulation on Food Safety. This draft, published in Russian, includes MRLs for contaminants and heavy metals. 

December 30, 2013
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On December 24, 2013, the Eurasian Economic Commission published a draft amendment to the Eurasian Customs Union's Technical Regulation TP TC 021/2011 on Food Safety.  The draft includes various specification standards for foods, including information on food additives.  This document is available only in Russian.

The Eurasian Customs Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

December 2, 2013
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On November 22, 2013, USDA published a GAIN Report with an unofficial translation of the Eurasian Customs Union's Technical Regulation on Meat and Meat Products.  This regulation was adopted by the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 68 on October 9, 2013 and will enter into force on May 1, 2014.  The technical regulation contains information on food additives applying to various meat and meat products.

The Eurasian Customs Union's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

November 26, 2013
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On November 18, 2013, USDA published a GAIN Report with an unofficial translation of the Eurasian Customs Union's Technical Regulation on Milk and Dairy Products.  This regulation was adopted by the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission No. 67 on October 9, 2013 and will enter into force on May 1, 2014.

Annex No. 15 contains information on food additives applying to various milk-based food products for babies and infants.

The Eurasian Customs Union's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

August 9, 2013
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BCI is pleased to announce that the food additive use regulations for the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus have been added to the International Food Additive Database.  On July 1, 2013, the Custom Union's Eurasian Economic Commission adopted a new regulation, Safety Requirements for Food Additives, Flavorings and Technological Aids.  The database now includes maximum use levels established by this regulation for more than 450 food additives.

Users of the database may search by additive, by technological function, or by market in order to compare food additive maximum use levels across markets and across food types.  With the addition of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, the database now includes 27 markets.  Additional markets are in the process of being added this year.

BCI invites comments, questions, and other feedback regarding the database, which can be submitted via the “Feedback” link.

July 3, 2013
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On July 3, 2013, USDA published a GAIN Report with an unofficial English translation of the Custom Union's food additive regulation, TR CU 029/2012.  As reported earlier this week, this law entered into force on July 1, 2013 and establishes maximum use levels for food additives in various food products.

The Customs Union includes Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.  The International Food Additive Database is currently being updated to include Customs Union regulations.

July 1, 2013
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On July 1, the Customs Union Technical Regulation TR CU 029/2012, "Safety requirements for food additives, flavorings, and technological aids", went into effect.  This document, originally published July 20, 2012, establishes various requirements applying to the production, labeling, and use of food additives, including maximum use levels in individual food products.  The regulation is currently in the process of being added to the International Food Additive Database.

The document is available in Russian.  The European Union has published an English translation, available here.

The Customs Union includes Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

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.

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