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January 22, 2021
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for Ghana, Korea, Ecuador, and Bulgaria.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide, including Korea, Ecuador, and the EU. Please contact BCI for more information on subscribing.

The BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for Ghana, Korea, Ecuador, and Bulgaria. The BCGlobal Vet Drug MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for Korea and Bulgaria.

January 19, 2021
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Recently, Japan's National Tax Agency published an amendment (in Japanese) to the list of substances that can be used for preservation of alcoholic beverages.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database, which includes Japan's food additive regulations, has been updated to reflect all relevant changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

January 12, 2021
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Taiwan.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the EU, Taiwan, and Great Britain. Please contact BCI for more information on subscribing.

The BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for the Czech Republic, Israel, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Great Britain. The BCGlobal Vet Drug MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for the Czech Republic, Israel, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Great Britain.

January 12, 2021
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On January 7, China's National Health Commission published new food additive use levels. The announcement notifying the changes is available in Chinese.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database, which includes China's food additive regulations in English, has already been updated to reflect these changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI.

January 8, 2021
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The United Kingdom’s (UK) 11-month transition period from the European Union (EU) ended on December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, a new independent food additive regulatory regime operates in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and has taken responsibility for its own decisions using its own rules. Any new decisions taken under the EU regime after January 1, 2021, will not apply in Great Britain. Food exports destined for England, Scotland, or Wales must comply with Great Britain’s food additive regulations.    

However, Northern Ireland’s status will remain the same. Under the terms of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU regulatory regime continues to apply in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period. Food exports destined to Northern Ireland must comply with EU food additive regulations.

To accommodate these changes, the following adjustments have been made in the Food Additive Database:

  • Great Britain: Market added to the Food Additive Database.
    Displays current EU maximum use levels as they existed on December 31, 2020, but moving forward, will be updated as amended by Great Britain.
  • European Union: Should be consulted for Northern Ireland
    The European Union market will continue to display relevant EU food additive levels and should be consulted for requirements for Northern Ireland. 
January 6, 2021
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Recently, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare published an amendment to its regulations regarding food additives.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database, which includes Japan's food additive regulations, has been updated to reflect all relevant changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

January 6, 2021
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On January 5, Health Canada published an amendment to its List of Permitted Enzymes

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes Canada's food additive regulations, though enzymes typically fall outside the scope of the database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

January 4, 2021
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for Argentina, the BahamasMyanmarEgyptIndiaTanzania, Haiti, Spain, Lithuania, France, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide, including Argentina, India, the European Union, and the Dominican Republic. Please contact BCI for more information on subscribing.

The BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for Argentina, the Bahamas, Egypt, Myanmar, India, Tanzania, the European Union, Haiti, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. The BCGlobal Vet Drug MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for Argentina, Myanmar, Egypt, India, the EU, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic.

December 30, 2020
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for Greece and Romania

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the European Union. Please contact BCI for more information on subscribing.

The BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database and the BCGlobal Vet Drug MRL Database currently display relevant established and proposed MRLs for Greece and Romania.

December 30, 2020
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After the January 31, 2020, withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom’s (UK) 11-month transition period ends on December 31, 2020.As of January 1, 2021, Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) will operate food additive regulations independently from the EU. Any new decisions taken by the EU will not automatically apply in Great Britain. However, Northern Ireland will continue to apply EU policies under the terms of the United Kingdom's Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol. EU food additive regulations will continue to apply in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period. 

In order to accommodate these changes, the BCGlobal Food Additive Database will adjust its markets to include both Great Britain and the European Union.

  • Great Britain: The Food Additive Database will display EU food additive regulations as they existed on December 31, 2020, but will be changed as amended by Great Britain moving forward from January 1, 2021. 
  • European Union: The Food Additive Database will display food additive regulations and should be consulted for requirements for Northern Ireland. 
The BCGlobal Food Additive Database will be updated to reflect all relevant changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

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