Toronto, November 8, 2012 – Health Canada has taken a major step forward by introducing more predictable and timely approvals of food additives – ingredients for texture and colour – which will result in new, more innovative product options on store shelves
A streamlined approvals process will result in more rapid approvals of the innovative new foods consumers are demanding. Due to the lengthy process, some food additives have been lingering in the process for over a decade, while being approved in other countries years ago.
Under the improved system, once Health Canada completes their rigorous safety checks, the Minister can approve the additive. This process will help bring new products to market sooner, such as products with the natural sweetener stevia – an additive approved in the US and Australia four years ago.
Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) has been advocating for this change and congratulates the government for taking this important step forward.
"Cutting the red-tape from food additive approvals – while still upholding the world-class safety standards Canadians deserve – is an example of the government improving a process to make doing business in Canada more efficient. This change is welcomed by industry and will directly benefit consumers and the marketplace" – Nancy Croitoru, President & CEO, FCPC
- Health Canada recently published ministerial authorizations for all 15 tables of food additives approved for use in Canada Gazette II.
- Going forward, approved food additives will be listed on the Health Canada website.
- Read Health Canada’s release here and see other specific examples.
Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) is the largest industry association representing Canadian-operated food, beverage and consumer product companies that make and market national and retailer brands sold through retail and foodservice outlets. We provide leadership and support to our members to advance industry’s growth, leading to the prosperity of our industry and the enrichment of Canadians’ lives. Our members have a record of embracing world-class regulatory standards and are governed by hundreds of federal and provincial pieces of legislation, as well as thousands of regulations and self-imposed standards.
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