Notice of Modification to the Lists of Permitted Food Additives to Extend the Use of Three Food Additives to Certain Plant Protein Isolate-based Products - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0168 [2021-07-22]
Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of each of three food additive submissions, seeking approval for the use of gellan gum, nisin and transglutaminase from Streptoverticillium mobaraense S-8112 in certain plant protein isolate-based products that resemble egg products. These food additives are already permitted for use in a variety of other foods in Canada.
The results of these premarket assessments support the safety and efficacy of these food additives for their requested use. Consequently, Health Canada has extended their use, and updated the name of the source for transglutaminase to "Streptomyces mobaraensis" to reflect its most recent taxonomic classification, as described in the information document below by modifying the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents, List of Permitted Food Enzymes and Part 2 of the List of Permitted Preservatives, effective July 22, 2021.
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decisions in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for inquiries or for those wishing to submit new scientific information relevant to the safety of these food additives.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the Lists of Permitted Food Additives to Extend the Use of Three Food Additives to Certain Plant Protein Isolate-based Products - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0168, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0168-eng" in the subject line of your e-mail.
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing new scientific information on the safety in use of any permitted food additive, including gellan gum, transglutaminase from S. mobaraense S-8112, and nisin. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of these additives or to submit inquiries on this modification may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "Food additives in plant protein isolate-based products (NOM-0168)" in the subject line of your e-mail.
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