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China’s MOH Releases Criteria For Illegal Food Additives

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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China's Ministry of Health has published a list of the first batch of banned food additives. The blacklist aims to provide leads for nine relevant authorities that jointly started special investigations on food additives on Dec. 10. MOH states the in-principle definition of a substance being an illegal additive as follows: (1) not belonging to conventional raw food materials; (2) not approved as a new food resource; (3) not under MOH's recognized food and drug substances or common food materials; (4) not included in China's catalog of food additives and nutritional fortifiers; and (5) not included in the list of substances whose use is allowed by other laws or regulations. Items that violate any of the criteria will be ruled as illegal food additives. (Click here for more - Chinese Language)
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