Update to the List of Permitted pH Adjusting Agents, Acid-Reacting Materials and Water Correcting Agents to Enable the Use of Calcium Carbonate as a pH Adjusting Agent in Infant Cereal Products
Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of seeking approval for the use of calcium carbonate as a pH adjusting agent in infant cereal products.
Calcium carbonate is already permitted for use in Canada as a pH adjusting agent in unstandardized foods as well as in several standardized foods.
The results of Health Canada's evaluation of available scientific data support the safety of calcium carbonate when used in infant cereal products as requested by the petitioner.
As no safety concerns were raised through this assessment, the Department has enabled the food additive use described in the information document by modifying List of Permitted pH Adjusting Agents, Acid-Reacting Materials and Water Correcting Agents, effective April 1, 2015.
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food additive.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted pH Adjusting Agents, Acid-Reacting Materials and Water Correcting Agents to Enable the Use of Calcium Carbonate as a pH Adjusting Agent in Infant Cereal Products - Document Reference number: NOM/ADM-0047, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0047-eng".
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including calcium carbonate. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this additive 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 "calcium carbonate" in the subject line of your e-mail.
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