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On March 30,  2017, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) published Food (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which came into force on 1 April 2017.

This amendment contains provisions such as those for the use of new additives and ingredients in food, extension of use of existing food additives, as well as provisions for the use of a new health claim relating to barley beta-glucan. These changes are generally in line with international practice and are considered as trade facilitating measures.

Maximum limits for the contaminants inorganic arsenic (in polished rice) and lead (in infant formula) will be tightened to better protect consumers. Other changes include a new presentation format for enzymes permitted under the Eighth Schedule and amendments to the quality criteria for sesame oil and sunflower seed oil.

I. New Food Additives

Spirulina extract (INS 134) (coloring matter), Beet red (INS 162) (coloring matter), Beta-palmitin (nutrient supplement), L-theanine (flavor enhancer) and Sodium ferrous citrate (nutrient supplement) and 219 new enzymes will be permitted for use in food at certain levels.

II. Extension the Use of Food Additives

Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (INS 220 – 228, 539);
Quillaia extracts (Types I and II) (INS 999(i) and (ii));
Polyglycerol polyricinoleate (INS 476) and so on.

III. Food Labelling and Health Claims

Barley beta-glucan is allowed to be claimed as lowering/reducing blood cholesterol in provided conditions.

IV. Maximum Limits for Incidental Constituents in Food

New restriction of inorganic arsenic in polished rice is set as 0.2 ppm. The maximum limit for lead in infant formula is revised to a lower value (0.01 ppm).

V. Deletion of Maximum Residue Limits for Pesticides

11 pesticides and their corresponding maximum residue limits are deleted from the Ninth Schedule.

VI. Revision of Quality Criteria for Sesame Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil

The specific gravity of sesame oil will be revised to 0.915 - 0.924 while the iodine value for sunflower seed oil will be revised to 118 - 141.

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Posted by Yolanda Li on Apr 5, 2017

Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Specialist

Topics: Singapore, AVA

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