On March 01st, 2022, Health Canada's Food Directorate published the “NOM/ADM-0180 Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Anticaking Agents to Extend the Use of Cellulose and Microcrystalline Cellulose to Cubed, Diced, Grated or Shredded Plant-based Products that Resemble Cheese”. The regulation amends the List of Permitted Anticaking agents.
The scope of the document outlines the following key points:
- Approves the safety of cellulose and microcrystalline cellulose for use as anticaking agents in plant-based products that resemble cheese;
- Cellulose and microcrystalline cellulose are already permitted as anticaking agents in cubed, diced, grated, or shredded cheddar cheese;
- The additives are also permitted for use in other standardized varieties of cheese, as well as unstandardized cubed, diced, grated, or shredded cheese preparations;
- The requested maximum level of use of cellulose is 2.0 % singly or in combination with microcrystalline cellulose and vice versa;
- Information related to allergenicity, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, and toxicology supports the safety of this food enzyme for its requested uses.
The regulation is effective from March 01st, 2022.
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