Proposal to Remove Epichlorohydrin From the List of Permitted Starch-Modifying Agents and 2-Nitropropane From the List of Permitted Carrier or Extraction Solvents - NOP/AVP-0015
March 31, 2016
The Federal Government completed a detailed safety assessment of epichlorohydrin and 2-nitropropane (2-NP), which included the current uses as food additives.Epichlorohydrin is permitted for use in the manufacture of modified food starch and 2-NP is permitted for use in the fractionation of vegetable oils. Since the current scientific information does not support the safety in use of either of these two additives, Health Canada intends to remove epichlorohydrin from the List of Permitted Starch-Modifying Agents and 2‑NP from the List of Permitted Carrier or ExtractionSolvents.
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 these food additives.
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including epichlorohydrin and 2‑nitropropane. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of these food 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 "Epichlorohydrin and 2-NP" in the subject line of your e-mail. Health Canada is able to consider information received by June 13, 2016, 75 days from the date of this posting.
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