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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.

December 16, 2014
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The Sultanate of Oman recently notified the WTO of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) draft MRLs for veterinary drugs in food. The final date for comments is February 14, 2014. 

November 6, 2014
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On November 6, 2014, Oman notified the WTO of draft specification standards for  avocado, corn flakes, and fermented soybean paste.  Kuwait notified the WTO of draft specification standards for white pepper (whole and ground) and cocoa powders (cocoas) and dry mixtures of cocoa and sugars.     

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

 

July 22, 2014
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On July 22, 2014, Oman notified the WTO of draft specification standards for  pomegranates; red hot pepper paste; smoked fish, smoke flavored fish and smoked dried fish; and  tamarind (pulp).  These individual standards may contain food additive use information.  

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

July 21, 2014
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On July 21, 2014, Oman notified the WTO of draft specification standards for edible olive oils and olive pomace oils, milk products with probiotics, halal food, frozen fish fillets, fresh tomatoes, fresh fruit juice, low-starch macaroni,  low-calorie jam, edible vegetable oils,   and canned citrus fruits, which may contain food additive use information.  

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

July 7, 2014
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On July 4, 2014, Oman notified the WTO of draft Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) specification standards for luncheon meat, puffed grain, trans fatty acids, unbottled drinking water, turnip brassica rapa, and mashed black olive,  which may contain food additive use information.  

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

June 27, 2014
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On June 27, 2014, Oman and Kuwait notified the WTO of draft specification standards for canned stone fruits, chilled chicken, frozen mixed vegetables, high fructose syrup, and puffed grain.  These regulations, some of which are available only in Arabic, may contain food additive use information.  The final date for comments on these proposals is August 26, 2014. 

Oman, Kuwait, 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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