Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Preservatives to Revise the Permitted Uses of Methylparaben, Propylparaben and their Sodium Salts - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0171
Health Canada has revised the permitted uses of the preservatives methyl-p-hydroxybenzoate (methylparaben), propyl-p-hydroxybenzoate (propylparaben), and their sodium salts (sodium salt of methyl-p-hydroxybenzoic acid and sodium salt of propyl-p-hydroxybenzoic acid).
A notice of Health Canada's Proposal to Revise Permitted Uses of the food additives Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben and their Sodium Salts in Various Foods [NOP/ADP-0033] was published on November 15, 2019. The proposal was open to the public for comment for 75 days. No comments were received during this period.
Consequently, Health Canada revised the permitted uses of these four food additives as described in the information document referenced below by modifying Part 2 of the List of Permitted Preservatives, effective August 10, 2021.
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 these food additives.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Preservatives to Revise Permitted Uses of Methylparaben, Propylparaben and their Sodium Salts - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0171, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0171-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 methylparaben, propylparaben, and their sodium salts. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of these additives 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 "parabens (NOM-0171)" in the subject line of your e-mail.
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