Canada Modifies List of Permitted Food Additives to Enable the Use of Hydrochloric Acid in Unstandardized Foods

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Posted By: Sandhya Sashikumar

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On March 12, 2021, Health Canada's Food Directorate published “Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted pH Adjusting Agents, Acid Reacting Materials and Water Correcting Agents to Enable the Use of Hydrochloric Acid in Unstandardized Foods”.

The document provides the Food Business Operators with the following focal points for effective implementation:

  • The use of hydrochloric acid as a pH adjusting agent in specific unstandardized foods at a maximum level consistent with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
  • Modification to the List of Permitted pH Adjusting Agents, Acid-Reacting Materials and Water Correcting Agents by replacing the entry for “Bakery fillings; Flavour emulsions; Icings” which is unstandardized food is categorized under same name in the current regulation.
  • No safety concerns have been identified on consumption of unstandardized foods with use of permitted additive Hydrochloric acid.

The regulation is effective from March 12, 2021.

To view the complete regulation, check out the Food News Monitoring System and stay up-to-date.

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