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Stay informed with the latest MRL, Food Additive and Company news from around the world.

November 5, 2015

Bryant Christie Inc.'s free Food Additive News service is returning this week.  To complement the International Food Additive Database, BCI Food Additive News announces regulatory policy developments from around the globe.  To receive these updates via email each Monday, please click Register.

November 12, 2014

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an American non-profit organization focused on the environment and public health, has published a "Dirty Dozen" list of twelve food additives that it considers potentially harmful.  The list is intended to bring attention to perceived failures of the US regulatory system, which permits the use of these additives.

The EWG is known for its publication of the "Dirty Dozen" list of produce commodities with high pesticide residues.

July 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) recently posted an unofficial translation of China's draft 2014 Food Safety Law. This draft is the most recent revision to China's proposed Food Safety Law, which was first published in October 2013.

China's domestic comment deadline is July 31, 2014. China is being strongly encouraged by FAS to notify this draft to the World Trade Organization (WTO) prior to its adoption and implementation.  Should China decide to notify the WTO, an international consultation period would likely be initiated.

July 13, 2013

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BCI is pleased to announce that we will be demonstrating the Food Additive Database at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo, July 13-16 in Chicago.

The International Food Additive Database is freely accessible and includes over 80,000 food additive use regulations in 24 markets around the world.  Users can compare maximum use levels between countries for similar food types, view relevant regulatory notes and terminology, and download results in user-friendly Excel or PDF formats.

Please stop by Booth 3502 to meet the team and learn more about the database.  We hope to see you there!

May 22, 2013

On May 22, 2013, Nursing Times published a report, “Is the rise in neurological deaths due to modern life?”  The report examines an article published by Mail Online about a recent scientific study.  The Mail article claimed that the study indicated food additives, technology, and air pollution are causing rising numbers of neurological disorders.  In fact, the study was merely an observational study, which may show how neurological deaths vary over time but cannot conclude the causes of these changing rates.  More research would be necessary before concluding that food additives contribute in any way to neurological disorders.  

December 13, 2012

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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