Produced in consultation with IADSA (International Alliance of Dietary Food Supplement Associations)
Special thanks to Dr. Dr Bhushan Karnik, Founder Member/Treasurer- INHADSA/HADSA
This is the third installment of an ongoing column on the global environment for dietary food supplements. In this column we will provide updates on critical issues, emerging dialogue, international focal areas impacting or potentially impacting the regulation and trade of these products.
This year’s meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants considered the proposed deletion from the Codex General Standard for Food Additives (that includes the list of additives) of four additives widely used in food supplements (Iron oxides, Chlorophylls/Copper Complexes, Castor oil and Erythrosine) and to lower the permitted levels of some additives.
IADSA provided data to support the continuing use of these four additives and to raise the levels of use of others and succeeded at the 2006 meeting of the Committee in both preventing any deletions and raising the levels of additives as follows:
- Butylated Hidroxyanisole (BHA): 200 mg/kg raised to 400 mg/kg
- Butylated Hidroxytoluene (BHT): 200 mg/kg raised to 400 mg/kg
- Carnauba wax: ‘no level set’ raised to 5000 mg/kg
The Committee will further consider in its 2007 meeting:
- The four additives recommended for deletion from the Codex list.
- The maximum levels of use in food supplements of a range of sweeteners, colours etc, including Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Saccharin, Neotame and Cyclamates, Caramel Colour, Allura Red AC and Carotenoids.
IADSA will be submitting additional comments to Codex in the next few months to strengthen the case for the use of these additives.
Food Safety and Standards Bill-New Regulations Covering Food Supplements Expected This Summer
The proposed Indian Food Safety and Standards Bill 2005 is expected to be brought before parliament for debate during the monsoon parliament session in July this year. INHADAS/HADSA/CSIR/CFTRI and other industry associations have been providing much input into these regulations, most specifically into Chapter IV, item 22, Pg 20, which identifies products which can be manufactured, distributed, or imported such as any novel food, genetically modified food , articles of food, irradiated food, organic foods, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, nutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food approved by the Central Government. The scope of products covered under this regulation includes priducts with ingredients including botanicals, minerals, materials of animal origin and dietary substances.
The proposed language around claims includes, "does not claim to cure or mitigate any specific disease, disorder or condition (except for certain health benefit or such promotion claims) as may be permitted by the rules made under this Act;"
Industry associations anticipate the passage of the rule will mean, for consumers, "a better choice of products, with more reliable science."
More details on the proposed regulations are available at http://mofpi.nic.in/foodsfty.pdfand NPIcenter has a more complete document prepared in consultation with Dr. Karnik at: http://www.npicenter.com/anm/anmviewer.asp?a=15927&z=143