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December 22, 2017
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On December 21, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for the following countries:
 

BCI's Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide. Please contact us for more information on subscribing.

The Global MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Kenya.

February 21, 2017
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for Saudi Arabia and Argentina. These reports contain information on food additive regulations.

BCI's Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 800 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide. Please contact us for more information on subscribing.

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.

March 16, 2016
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The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) posted the Gulf Cooperation Council's GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) draft on Maximum Limits of Pesticide Residues in agricultural and Food Products (GSO 382,383 / 2015).

This consolidated draft amendment is proposed to replace the GCC's currently established MRL standard (GS 382,383 / 1994). The proposed MRLs and GCC's established MRLs currently display in the Global MRL Database.

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.

February 10, 2016
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The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) recently posted the Gulf Cooperation Council's GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) draft on the maximum limits for residues of ethyl alcohol (ethanol) in food.

Comments are due to SFDA by April 21, 2016.

October 14, 2015
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The Global MRL Database's Market Information Report for Saudi Arabia was recently updated to include instances when the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has rejected U.S. shipments of grape leaves exceeding established MRLs in 2014, as reported by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. The food sector points of contact for SFDA and the American Embassy were also updated.

Market Information Reports provide further information about the MRL policies and regulatory structure of each market in the Global MRL Database. These are available for all subscription levels. Database users can find these reports in the Market Info section of the main navigation bar.

May 13, 2015
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On April 17, 2015, Saudi Arabia notified the WTO of a draft technical regulation for Extraction solvents and its residue limits in the production foodstuffs and food ingredients.

Saudi Arabia and other GCC nations are currently not included in the International Food Additive Database, but they are being considered for future inclusion.  Processing aids typically do not fall within the scope of the database.

December 11, 2014
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Kuwait recently notified the WTO of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) draft MRLs for veterinary drugs in food.

Both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will accept comments through February 9, 2015. 

December 3, 2014
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On December 2, Saudi Arabia notified the WTO of draft specification standards for halal foodcocoa powders (cocoas) and dry mixtures of cocoa and sugarsblack pepper (whole and ground)white pepper (whole and ground)avocado,  fresh okrafrozen chickenstable olivescorn flakesfermented soybean paste.   

On December 3, 2014, Saudi Arabia notified the WTO of draft specification standards for cooked canned chickpeastea and herb bags, and baking powder

These individual standards may contain food additive use information.        

Saudi Arabia 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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