Four new varieties of food additives has been added in the national food safety standards

- Jan 05, 2021-

Recently, the National Health Commission issued an announcement stating that four new food additives have passed the review, including monascuscolours, citric acid, sucralose, and sodium hexametaphosphate.

 

Monascus red

Monascus red as a coloring agent has been listed in the "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additives Use Standard" (GB2760), allowing it to be used in the preparation of milk, cakes, biscuits, cooked meat products and other food categories. This application extends the scope of use to new soy products (soy protein and its puffed food, soy vegetarian meat, etc.). It has been allowed to be used as a coloring agent in bean products in Japan. This substance is used as a coloring agent in new soy products (soy protein and its puffed food, soy vegetarian meat, etc.), which can adjust the color of the product. Its quality specifications comply with "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additive·Monascus red" (GB1886.181).

 

Citric acid

Citric acid as an acidity regulator has been listed in "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additives Use Standard" (GB2760). This application expands the scope of use to peeled, cut or shredded vegetables. It is understood that the International Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the European Commission (EC) and the Food Standards Australian New Zealand (FSANZ) have allowed it to be used as an acidity regulator for peeled, cut or shredded vegetables. According to the evaluation results of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), the daily allowable intake of this substance does not need to be limited. This substance is used as an acidity regulator for peeled, cut or shredded vegetables to prevent browning of the product. Its quality specifications comply with the "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additive·Citric Acid" (GB1886.235).

 

Sucralose

As a sweetener, sucralose has been listed in the "National Food Safety Standards·Food Additives Use Standards" (GB2760), allowing it to be used in food categories such as milk and bakery products. This application extends the scope of use to meat enemas. FDA and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) allow it to be used as a sweetener in meat products. According to the evaluation results of JECFA, the daily allowable intake of this substance is 15 mg/kg body weight. The substance is used as a sweetener in meat enema, which can adjust the taste of the product. Its quality specifications comply with "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additive·Sucralose" (GB25531).

 

Hexametaphosphate

Sodium hexametaphosphate as a food additive has been listed in the "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additive Use Standard" (GB2760), allowing it to be used in a variety of food categories. This application expands the scope of use as a processing aid for the food industry for lactose processing technology. FSANZ allows it to be used in various foods as a processing aid for the food industry. According to the evaluation results of JECFA, the maximum allowable daily intake of phosphate substances is 70 mg/kg body weight (calculated as P). This substance is used as a processing aid for the food industry in the lactose processing technology to chelate calcium ions and reduce calcium deposition. Its quality specifications comply with "National Food Safety Standard·Food Additive·Sodium Hexametaphosphate" (GB1886.4).