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July 1, 2013
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On June 28, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published “Refined exposure assessment of ethyl lauroyl arginate based on revised proposed use as a food additive.”  This scientific assessment evaluates the health safety of this food additive in various food products.

Further information on food additive assessments may be found on EFSA's Food Additives page. The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

June 28, 2013
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BCI is pleased to announce that South Africa's food additive use regulations have been added to the International Food Additive Database.  The database includes the exact additive and food terminology used in the South African regulations for more than 350 additives, and presents this data to the user in an easily searchable format. Users may search the database by additive, by technological function, or by market in order to compare food additive maximum use levels across markets and across food types.  With the addition of South Africa, the database now includes 24 markets, and additional new markets are in the process of being added this year.

BCI invites comments, questions, and other feedback regarding the database, which can be submitted via the “Feedback” link.

June 28, 2013
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On June 5, 2013, China's Ministry of Health (MOH) published a draft amendment to the National Food Safety Standard: Standard for Use of Food Additives. This proposal contains revisions to authorized food additives, maximum use levels, and food categories. 

On June 6, 2013, the MOH published a food additive amendment in Ministry of Health Bulletin 2013 No.9.  Revisions to food additive regulatory use levels and specification standards are found in the Annexes.  

Both documents are only available in Chinese.  Regulatory changes that have entered into force are currently being reviewed, translated and entered into the International Food Additive Database.  

June 26, 2013
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On June 26, 2013, the U.S. notified the WTO's Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) of an amendment to color additives regulations regarding the use of mica-based pearlescent pigments in certain distilled spirits.  The amendment was first announced by the U.S. FDA and published in the Federal Register on June 12, 2013.  A notification was published by the WTO's Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) on June 14, 2013.

The rule will take effect on July 15, 2013.  The final date for comments on this WTO Notification is July 12, 2013.  The United States is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database.  

June 25, 2013
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On May 24, 2013, Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) published a notice containing various standards and specifications for foods and food additives.  The document is only available in Korean.

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

June 25, 2013
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As previously announced by several sources, including Taiwan's Department of Health, Taiwan recently amended its food safety law amidst various food safety concerns.  On June 25, 2013, Taiwan officially notified the WTO of its amended food safety law, the Act Governing Food Sanitation (available in Chinese).   The law was enacted on June 19, 2013 and entered into force on June 21, 2013.  The amended law includes tougher penalties for violations of food safety regulations, including food additive use standards. 

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

June 21, 2013
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On June 21, 2013, The Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu notified the WTO that an amendment to the Standards for Specification, Scope, Application and Limitation of Food Additives, affecting Triethyl citrate, entered into force on June 18, 2013.  The draft amendment was originally proposed on March 14, 2013.

This amendment has been entered into the International Food Additive Database

June 20, 2013
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According to this news announcement, published on June 6, 2013 by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), the Chinese government recently held a seminar to discuss food safety and possible revisions to the 2009 Food Safety Law.  Chinese officials are considering amending the national food safety law to establish more stringent regulations and toughen penalties for food safety violations.  More information may be found in this ChemLinked story

In related news, on June 19, Xinhua News Agency (the official Chinese government press agency) reported that China's State Council had included amending the food safety law as a legislative project this year.

These discussions take place amidst recent food safety concerns, including food scares over the use of unapproved additives in food products.  China's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

June 20, 2013
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On June 20, 2013, the European Commission announced an update to its document, “Practical guidance for applicants on the submission of applications on food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings.”

Information on applying for an authorization of food additives, food enzymes, and flavorings may be found in the Food and Feed Safety section of the European Commission's website.

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

June 19, 2013
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On June 12, 2013, USDA published a GAIN Report with an unofficial translation of Vietnam's Food Safety Law.  This law entered into force on July 1, 2011 and establishes general food safety standards, including clauses pertaining to the definitions, management, and use of food additives.

The original text is only available in Vietnamese and may be accessed through Vietnam's government website.  Vietnam's food additive regulations are not currently included in the International Food Additive Database, but are being considered for entry in 2013.

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