Notice of Health Canada's Proposal to Remove Ethylene Oxide from the List of Permitted Food Additives with Other Accepted Uses - Reference Number: NOP/AVP-0025

June 1, 2017


The Federal Government completed a detailed safety assessment of ethylene oxide, which included its current use as a food additive. Ethylene oxide is permitted for use as a fumigant on whole or ground spices. Since ethylene oxide meets the regulatory definition of a pest control product under the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) when used for the purpose of fumigation, Health Canada intends to remove ethylene oxide from the List of Permitted Food Additives with Other Accepted Uses.

The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's intention 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 substance.

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Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including ethylene oxide. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this food 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 “ethylene oxide” in the subject line of your e-mail. Health Canada is able to consider information received by August 15, 2017, 75 days from the date of this posting.

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

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