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October 7, 2016
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On October 7, the U.S. FDA announced the filing of a color additive petition concerning the use of calcium carbonate to color hard and soft candy, mints, and chewing gum.                                                                   

BCI's International Food Additive Database includes food additive use regulations for over 800 additives and 60 markets.  Please contact us for information on subscribing.

September 14, 2016
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On September 5, Mexico’s Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) published amendments to the following appendices of its food additive regulations:

Both amendments are effective from their date of publication, September 5, 2016.

These amendments are currently being analyzed and translated. The International Food Additive Database will be updated by September 23 to reflect these changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

June 8, 2015
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On June 8, 2015, the U.S. FDA published in the Federal Register a final rule amending color additive regulations to allow the safe use of mica-based pearlescent pigments prepared from titanium dioxide and mica in certain beverages.  The original petitions were filed by EMD Millipore Corp. and by Signature Brands, LLC.  This rule will take effect on July 9, 2015.  Objections and requests for hearing must be submitted by July 8.

The United States is not included in the International Food Additive Database.  

June 3, 2015
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On June 3, 2015, the U.S. FDA published a Federal Register notice confirming the effective date of a final rule amending the color additive regulations to allow the use of synthetic iron oxide in soft and hard candy, mints, and chewing gum.  This amendment was originally published on March 20 and took effect on April 21, 2015.  

The United States is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database. 

April 22, 2015
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On April 22, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a notice of a petition filed by E. & J. Gallo Winery to permit the use of mica-based pearlescent pigments in certain distilled spirits.

The petition was notified to the WTO on April 23.

The United States is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database.

April 21, 2015
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On April 21, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a Refined Exposure Assessment on the food color Ponceau 4R (E124).  After a 2009 evaluation found intake estimates for this additive to be above the Acceptabled Daily Intake (ADI) for some groups, the EU lowered or withdrew several maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for Ponceau 4R.  In this Refined Exposure Assessment, EFSA found that under the new MPLs, none of the exposure estimates now exceeded the ADI for any group.

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

November 3, 2014
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On November 3, 2014, the U.S. FDA notified the WTO of two recently filed color additive petitions: one regarding the use of mica-based pearlescent pigments, originally published on October 21, and one on the use of spirulina extract, originally published on October 22.

The United States is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database.

October 30, 2014
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On October 30, 2014, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a refined exposure assessment for curcumin (E 100).  This report assesses the health safety of the use of curcumin in foods.

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

August 19, 2014
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In response to a petition from LycoRed, the U.S. FDA has approved the increased use of tomato lycopene to restore color to processed meats.  Tomato lycopene functions as an alternative to the food additives Red #40 and carmine.

For more information, please refer to this Food Navigator article and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's New Technology Information Table.

The United States is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database.

July 28, 2014
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On July 25, 2014, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a Scientific Opinion on the Re-evaluation of Indigo Carmine as a Food Additive.

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

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