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health canada makes additions to permitted food additives

The Food Directorate of Health Canada has issued notices modifying the list of permitted preservatives in certain fish-based broths, as well as the list of permitted sequestering agents in certain foods for infants.

Published in early August on the website of Health Canada, the first Notice now allows food producers to use tocopherols as an antioxidant in dehydrated fish broth and in dehydrated mollusk broth. Tocopherols are already permitted for use in Canada as an antioxidant with several other fish-based foods, including frozen fish fillets and frozen prepared fish fillets. 

The second Notice now permits the use of potassium phosphate, dibasic in the manufacturer of infant cereal products, and the use of sodium hexametaphosphate in liquid whey form in infant formula. 

In both cases, the actions by Health Canada followed a detailed safety assessment by the Food Directorate, which found no safety concerns with extending the use of these chemicals as proposed. 

The text of the press release regarding the use of tocopherols in dehydrated fish broth and dehydrated mollusk broth is available hereThe press release regarding the use of certain potassium-based chemicals in infant cereals and formulas is available here.

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