The submission of scientific and technological justification by IADSA saw positive developments for steviol glycosides and magnesium stearate at last month’s Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) meeting in China.
While the European Union delegation and other European countries showed reservations on almost all of the proposed maximum levels for steviol glycosides (INS 960), the CCFA agreed to take into consideration an increased level, from 1820mg/kg to 2500mg/kg as steviol equivalents, proposed by IADSA, for chewable supplements.
Additionally, IADSA’s technological justification staved off a proposal to delete ‘magnesium salts of fatty acids’—which includes magnesium stearate, an essential additive for the production of supplement and confectionary tablets—from the International Numbering System (INS). Instead the additive was retained and assigned the INS number 470(iii).
However, as this additive was scheduled for deletion and has now been reinstated with a new INS number, it will have to be evaluated by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) before it can be added to the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA).
“We are pleased to be able to provide scientific and technical research that contributes to Codex’s work to improve the General Standard for Food Additives,” said David Pineda Ereño, IADSA’s Regulatory Affairs Director. “Our aim is to ensure that the adopted levels are both safe for consumers and consistent with those widely used by the global food supplement industry.”
“Deleting key additives from the General Standard for Food Additives list and adopting very low levels could create completely unnecessary barriers to trade,” he continued. “Through our member associations we will continue to provide the necessary scientific and technical information to support Codex’s work.”
One color no longer permitted in the GSFA is erythrosine (INS 127), following concerns from European Union and most Asian countries.
Additionally, the meeting saw extensive discussions on the future of food additives containing aluminium. The JECFA had been requested to evaluate the safety of aluminium containing compounds, but its report was not available in time for the March session of the CCFA and therefore no aluminium substances have yet been removed from the GSFA.