Vietnam: New Rules on Additives


Posted By: Selerant RSA

 

As of July 1, 2015 new rules for food additive management are in force in Vietnam. On May 11, 2015, the Ministry of Health issued a Circular 08/2015 / TT-BYT amending certain provisions of Circular 27/2012 / TT-BYT issued on November 30, 2012 and regulating the management of food additives.

What has changed?

With the latest legislative changes, the list of food additives and their maximum limits are being further aligned with the provisions of Codex Alimentarius. The main changes introduced addressed the list of food additives, certain minor discrepancies in legislation and notes related to individual additive limits.

List of additives

The 08/2015 Circular that is now in effect added seven additives to Appendix 1 - List of additives permitted for use in food, first issued in Circular 27/2012 / TT-BYT. They are as follows:

INS

NAME OF ADDITIVE

FUNCTION

In Vietnamese

In English

153

Carbon thực vật

Vegetable carbon

Coloring

163(v)

Màu bắp cải đỏ

Red cabbage colour

Coloring

363

Acid succinic

Succinic acid

Acidity regulator

515(ii)

Kali hydro sulfat

Potassium hydrogen sulfate

Acidity regulator

639

DL-Alanin

Alanin, DL-

Flavor enhancer

640

Glycin

Glycine

Flavor enhancer

958

Glycyrrhizin

Glycyrrhzin

Flavor enhancer, sweetener

 

Transitional measures for previously issued authorisations

In addition, the 08/2015 Circular has amended Annex 2 -The maximum limit for food additives, which is part of the 27/2012 Circular. According to the amendment, food additives that have been issued with certificates of conformity can continue to use those certificates until their expiry data, even after the 08/2015 Circular has come into effect

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