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January 8, 2016
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On January 8, Health Canada amended its List of Permitted Preservatives to permit certain new uses for potassium lactate and sodium lactate.

Canada's food additive regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.  If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

October 23, 2014
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On October 23, 2014, Health Canada published Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Preservatives to Enable the Use of Sodium Metabisulphite in Standardized Olives.  This amendment took effect upon publication and has been entered into the International Food Additive Database.

June 10, 2014
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On June 10, 2014, the European Commission notified the WTO of its recent food additive amendment Commission Regulation (EU) No. 506/2014, regarding the use of ethyl lauroyl arginate as a preservative in certain heat-treated meat products.  This amendment took effect on June 5, and relevant regulatory changes have been entered into the International Food Additive Database.

June 5, 2014
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Three recent E.U. food additive amendments have entered into force.  Commission Regulation (EC) No. 497/2014, authorizing advantame for use as a sweetener, took effect on June 4.  Commission Regulation (EC) No. 505/2014, on the use of caramel colors in beer and malt beverages, and Commission Regulation (EC) No. 506/2014, authorizing ethyl lauroyl arginate as a preservative in certain meat products, took effect on June 5. 

Regulatory changes from these amendments have been entered into the International Food Additive Database.

May 16, 2014
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On May 16, 2014, the European Commission published two food additive amendments.  Commission Regulation (EU) No.505/2014 amends Annex II to Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008 regarding the use of caramel colors in beer and malt beverages, and Commission Regulation (EU) No.506/2014 concerns the use of ethyl lauroyl arginate as a preservative in heat-treated meat products.

Both amendments will enter into force on June 5, 2014, and relevant regulatory changes will be entered into the International Food Additive Database at that time.

April 1, 2014
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On April 1, 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) published Notification Circular 06-14, which includes Application A1095 to extend the use of natamycin as a preservative in fermented milk products.

Any relevant regulatory changes will be entered in the International Food Additive Database when the amendment is established and in effect. 

March 24, 2014
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On March 21, 2014, Health Canada published "Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Preservatives to Enable the Use of Tocopherols as a Preservative in Dried, Cooked Poultry Meat."  The amendment took effect upon publication.

This amendment was notified to the WTO on March 26, 2014.  The WTO notification includes a link to the amendment document. 

This amendment has been entered into the International Food Additive Database.  Further information on Canada's food additive regulations can be found on Health Canada's Food Additives page.

December 16, 2013
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On December 16, 2013, Health Canada notified the WTO of its recent food additive proposal regarding the use of ethyl lauroyl arginate as a preservative in various foods.

Relevant regulatory changes will be included in the International Food Additive Database when the amendment is established and in effect.

October 24, 2013
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On October 24, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published “Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of boric acid (E 284) and sodium tetraborate (borax) (E 285) as food additives.”  This scientific assessment re-evaluates the health safety of these preservatives used in food.

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

May 22, 2013
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On May 22, 2013, Health Canada's Bureau of Chemical Safety published “Notice of Modification to the Lists of Permitted Food Additives to Enable the Use of Dimethyl Dicarbonate as a Preservative in Wine and in Unstandardized Water-Based Non-Alcoholic Beverages.” This amendment took effect upon publication.

The International Food Additive Database has been updated to include this amendment.  Further information on Canada's food additive regulations can be found on Health Canada's Food Additives page

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