41st Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission Updates Limits For Additives, Contaminants, Pesticides, and Vet Drugs

Posted by Nevena Vujosevic on Jul 6, 2018

On July 2-6, 2018, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) held a meeting in Rome, Italy, to discuss and adopt several points related to food safety and quality standards. Among topics discussed were additives, contaminants, pesticides, vet drugs and nutrition labeling.

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Topics: CAC, Codex Alimentarius, additives, vet drugs

CFIA Releases New “Safe Food for Canadians Regulations”

Posted by Baviya Priyadharshini on Jun 21, 2018

On June 13, 2018, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) published the Safe Food for Canadians Regulation (SFCR). It consolidates 14 regulations into one in order to ease the burden on businesses.

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Topics: CFIA, Canada, Food Safety, Traceability

France Aims To Ban Titanium Dioxide As A Food Additive

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on Jun 11, 2018

In an amendment to the farm and food bill, France aims to ban Titanium dioxide (TiO2) in foods. After a study conducted by INRA (French Agricultural Research Institute) where rats were fed TiO2 nanoparticles and it was revealed that it caused damage to the colon.

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Topics: France, Food Additives, Colorants

Australia: Mandatory Labeling For Lupin Will Start On May 26, 2018

Posted by Lifan Luo on May 25, 2018

According to the recent announcement from FSANZ, the mandatory labelling for lupin will enter into force starting May 26, 2018.

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Topics: allergen, Food Labeling, Australia

CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development Discusses Economic Concerns

Posted by Nevena Vujosevic on May 18, 2018

The 46th Meeting of the CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) was held in Georgetown, Guyana, May 16-17. Due to the many ongoing international and domestic issues the Council tried to find “appropriate mix of methodologies and strategies” to focus on its expanding agenda.

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Topics: CARICOM, Trade, import, CSME

Health Canada Adds Two New Gums in the Permitted List of Food Additives

Posted by Baviya Priyadharshini on May 16, 2018

On May 8 and 14, Health Canada released two new amendments for the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents.

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Topics: Food Additives, gums, stabilizing agent, thickener, emulsifier, Health Canada

Taiwan: Harmonized Sanitation Standard For Contaminants And Toxins In Food

Posted by Annie He on May 9, 2018


On May 8, 2018, Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) issued an announcement on promulgation of   “Sanitation Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Food," which will take effect on January 1, 2019.

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Topics: Taiwan, Contaminants, Toxins, TFDA

EU Adopts New Amendments To Additives Legislation

Posted by Aleksa Soldatic on May 8, 2018

On May 4 and 7, the EU parliament adopted two Regulations that amend Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16 2008 on food additives.

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Topics: Food Additives, limits, EU, legislation

US FDA Nutrition Facts Panel Labeling Update Notification – Compliance Dates

Posted by Suzana Tripologos on May 7, 2018

On May 4, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration announced an extension (approximately 1.5 years) to the compliance dates regarding the final labeling rules that appeared in the Federal Register on May 27, 2016 for the United States.

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Topics: USFDA, Food Labeling, Nutrition, Nutrition Facts Label

Korean Positive List System (PLS) Progress

Posted by Xianying Cui on Apr 19, 2018

On January 1, 2019, Korea will enforce the Positive List System (PLS) to all whole agricultural products except pesticides in agricultural products which are registered domestically or scientifically proven to import. The MRLs of those pesticides will follow one standard which is less than 0.01ppm. This rule has been applied to seed and nut products and tropical fruits since December 31, 2016.

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Topics: food code, PLS, Korea, agricultural products

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