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Christophe Leprêtre Published in World Food Regulation Review

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World Food Regulation Review

Keller and Heckman Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Counselor Christophe Leprêtre was published in the October 2021 Issue of the World Food Regulation Review. This article aims at presenting and explaining the outcome and main decisions approved by the 52nd session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives.

In early September, food additive risk managers from a record-breaking 85 participating countries attended the 52nd session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives (CCFA52), which was held virtually, after three successive postponements in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under such exceptional circumstances, the regulators succeeded in reaching a consensus on (i) the last batch of pending provisions for sweeteners and colors for adoption in the GSFA; (ii) replacement of Note 161 with alternative notes for almost all provisions; (iii) new category names to distinguish steviol glycosides based on their method of production (extraction, fermentation, bioconversion, glycosylation); (iv) alignment of food additives provisions on a further impressive list of commodity standards (e.g. cheeses; spreads; oils; fats; culinary herbs and spices) and the GSFA; (v) new review work about carotenoids and carotenes; (vi) request to JECFA risk assessors to re-evaluate fully aspartame and titanium dioxide, as a matter of high priority; (vii) Codex-approved JECFA specifications (new and revised) on food additives and flavourings.

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