Keller Heckman | 51st Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives (CCFA51) Finalizes Most of Its Backlog on Food Additives



They did it! During the last ten days of March 2019, about 350 food safety regulators from all over the world attended the 51st session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives (CCFA51) and found consensus on all issues on the session’s agenda, even faster than expected. The consensus included

(i) the first colour provisions considered since 2011 and other GSFA provisions;

(ii) the way forward on nitrites and nitrates;

(iii) alternative notes to advance solutions on sweeteners by starting to phase out existing references to Note 161; clarification on parent names of food additives;

(iv) further alignment of the food additives provisions between the Codex Alimentarius General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) and an impressive list of commodity standards;

(v) changes to the International Numbering System (INS);

(vi) Codex Alimentarius-approved Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) specifications; or the JECFA priority list. Here is an attempt to summarize what many delegates dared to describe as an “historical successful session”. “God speed” CCFA, for now, on and on!

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