Key supplement additives up for inclusion  in Codex standard

Key supplement additives up for inclusion in Codex standard

Three supplement additives, aspartame-acesulfame salt, sorbates and sucroglycerides, have been recommended for inclusion into the Codex General Standard for Food Additives at levels supported by IADSA.

The Codex Committee for Food Additives (CCFA) last week agreed to recommend key additives used in supplements at levels supported by IADSA with no restrictions on product categories for inclusion into the Codex General Standard for Food Additives.

The Committee agreed to adopt the use of Aspartame-Acesulfame Salt (INS 962)at a maximum level of 2000 mg/kg, Sorbates (INS 200-203)at a maximum level of 2000 mg/kg, and Sucroglycerides (INS 474)at a maximum level of 2500 mg/kg.

The additives were approved with no restrictions on product form categories, therefore giving food supplement manufacturers more flexibility as they can be used in solid or liquid form.

The move means that these additives will now be presented at the Codex Alimentarius Commission which will consider them for final adoption into the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) in July this year.

Codex has more than 180 member countries, which refer to the Codex GSFA when formulating their national regulations on permissible food additives or in the absence of a specific regulation, implement this Standard as national regulations.

“We are very pleased with this outcome,” said David Pineda, IADSA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “The alternative of deleting these additives from the General Standard for Food Additives list or adopting very low levels would have created both considerable confusion in many countries and significant barriers to trade. We are continually working to ensure that adopted levels are both safe for consumers and consistent with those widely used by the global food supplement industry. The establishment of a single authoritative reference point for food additives used in trade has long been a goal for Codex, and we are pleased to help contribute to its work.”

Over the last six years IADSA has worked in the Codex Committee to provide scientific advice and technical arguments to support the use of a range of additives at meetings of both the Codex Additives Committee and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

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