Health Canada’s Proposal to Transfer the Maximum Level for total glycoalkaloids (TGA) in potato tubers (fresh weight) to the regulatory List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods

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Health Canada is proposing to transfer the existing maximum level (ML) for total glycoalkaloids (TGA) in potato tubers from the List of Maximum Levels for Various Chemical Contaminants in Foods to the regulatory List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods, thereby removing this ML from the first list.

Why

As part of the Government’s Regulatory Transparency and Openness Agenda, Health Canada is consulting with Canadians and key stakeholders before a new maximum level can be added to, or an existing maximum level modified, in the regulatory List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.

Who

This consultation is looking for comments from:

  • importers
  • exporters
  • food industry
  • food regulators
  • enforcement bodies.

What

In September 2016, the Food Directorate published a summary of its intention and the process by which it would transfer existing maximum levels for contaminants in food into the regulatory List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.

Health Canada is proposing to transfer the existing maximum level (ML) for total glycoalkaloids (TGA) in potato tubers to the regulatory List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods. 

When and where

The online engagements will be available at open.canada.ca between August 4, 2017 and October 17, 2017.

How to participate

Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the assessment or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words “Glycoalkaloids Maximum Level for Potato Tubers” in the subject line of your e-mail. E-mail: bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca

Related information

Health Canada’s guidance on minimizing exposure to glycoalkaloids from potatoes

Contact us

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2

E-mail: bcs-bipc@hc-sc.gc.ca

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