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June 18, 2013
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On June 17, 2013, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards notified the WTO of draft food specification standards for Tomato puree and Amaranth flour, which contain specific food additive information.  Uganda also proposed several other draft standards without specific food additive regulations.  The proposed date of adoption on these standards is August 4, 2013.

Uganda's food additive use regulations, which defer to Codex Alimentarius standards, are included in the International Food Additive Database.

June 17, 2013
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On June 14, 2013, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) notified the WTO of its Proposed Revision of the Specification and Standards for Foods and Food Additives under the Food Sanitation Act. The proposal revises the standards of use for various processing aids.  The comment deadline is August 12, 2013. 

Japan's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database, though processing aids typically do not fall within the scope of the database. More information on Japan's regulations can be found on MHLW's Food Additive page.

June 17, 2013
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On June 11, 2013, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) publically announced a draft amendment to its Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additive) Regulation, 2011.  The proposed amendment contains various regulatory changes to the use of food additives. The final date for comments is July 13, 2013. 

More information may be found in the related USDA GAIN Report.

The International Food Additive Database will be updated to include the amendment once it is established and in effect. 

June 17, 2013
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On June 15, 2013, the European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) No 545/2013, amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 regarding the flavouring substance 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene.

The amendment entered into force on June 16, 2013.  The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database, though flavorings typically do not fall within the scope of the database.

June 17, 2013
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On June 11, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published "Statement on Allura Red AC and other sulphonated mono azo dyes authorised as food and feed additives."  This scientific assessment concerns the health safety of various coloring agents used in food.

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 12, 2013
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As previously reported, Taiwan recently amended its food safety law in light of food safety concerns and incidents.  On June 11, 2013, Taiwan's Department of Health (DOH) published a news announcement, "The Amendment to Act Governing Food Sanitation Imposes Comprehensively Stricter Penalties on Non-Compliant Businesses."  According to the announcement, Taiwan's Legislative Yuan passed “The Draft Amendment to Act Governing Food Sanitation” on May 31, 2013.  The amendment increases penalties for violations of food sanitation and safety standards, including food additive use standards.

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

June 12, 2013
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According to an article published by China Radio International (CRI) English, food safety advocacy groups in China are calling for stronger food additive regulations for foods consumed by children.  These groups claim that additive use levels are generally set for adults and may be unsafe for children's health.  Over the past few years, China has moved toward strengthening its food safety laws.

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

June 12, 2013
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On June 12, 2013, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) announced a downgrade of the artificial sweetener sucralose from “Safe” to “Caution.”  The food safety watchdog group publishes a Chemical Cuisine guide containing safety ratings of food additives. The action was taken based on recent studies questioning the safety of the sweetener's use.   Sucralose is commonly known by the brand name Splenda. 

Sweeteners, as a functional class, are generally included in the International Food Additive Database.

June 12, 2013
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On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an amendment to its color additive regulations regarding the use of mica-based pearlescent pigments in distilled spirits. This amendment was made in response to a petition by E. &.J. Gallo Winery.

This amendment was notified to the WTO on June 14, 2013.

The rule will take effect on July 15, 2013.  The United States is not currently included in the International Food Additive Database 

June 11, 2013
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On February 26, 2013, China's Ministry of Health (MOH) published a food additive amendment in Ministry of Health Bulletin 2013 No.2Revisions to food additive regulatory use levels and specification standards are found in Annexes I through IV.  The updates went into effect on February 17, and documents are only available in Chinese. 

Relatedly, the MOH also published on March 14, 2013 an update titled “Administrative Licensing Items,” which discusses food additives. 

Regulatory changes are currently being reviewed and entered into the International Food Additive Database 

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