Technical Consultation on Health Canada's Proposal to Amend the Food and Drug Regulations to Permit the use of cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose in table-top sweetener tablets


Notice to the reader: The online consultation is now closed.

Health Canada's Food Directorate has recently completed a detailed safety assessment of 'cross-linked carboxymethyl celluose', for use as a food additive in tablet formulations of sucralose-containing table-top sweeteners. 

Since no safety concerns have been raised through this assessment, the department is proposing amendments to Division 16, Part B of the Regulations to enable the use described in the consultation document.  The purpose of this communication is to seek comments on this proposed action.

How to get involved

This consultation is open for comment starting July 28, 2011 until October 11, 2011 (75 calendar days). Comments on this proposal may be submitted in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you are submitting your comments electronically, please use the words "Cross-Linked CMC" in the subject box of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety
Chemical Health Hazard Assessment Division
251 Sir Frederick Banting Drive
Health Canada, Tunney's Pasture
Address Locator: 2201C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0L2

Phone: 613-957-0973
Fax: 613-954-4674

Consultation Document

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, October 11, 2011.

Supporting Information

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