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Carry-over Principle of Food Additives

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Carry-over Principle of Food Additives

     לארשי תנידמ

     State of Israel

     תואירבה דרשמ Ministry of Health

     רוביצה תואירב יתוריש Public Health Services

     יצראה ןוזמה תוריש Food Control Services

     הטמה Central Office

     www.health.gov.il/fcs

     _____________________________________________________________________________

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     Carry-over Principle of Food Additives

    Since the term "carry-over of food additives" literally describes the transfer of food additives from ingredients/raw materials to the final product, it implies that it includes food additives carried over to the final product which do have technological effect as those which do not. According to that it is better that by definition the term "carry-over of food additives" would include food both the cases.

    As the GSFA does not specify that it refers only to final products it means, for our understanding, that the food additives provisions apply also to raw materials and/or ingredients. Therefore the provisions for food additives in composite foods are subject to the proportion of the raw materials/ ingredients, as stated in article 5c of the GSFA's preamble:

    "5. FOOD CATEGORY SYSTEM

    c) The food category system takes into consideration the carry-over principle. By doing so, the food category system does not need to specifically mention compound foodstuffs (e.g., prepared meals, such as pizza, because they may contain, pro rata, all the additives endorsed for use in their components), unless the compound foodstuff needs an additive that is not endorsed for use in any of its components."

    This also reflects the understanding that the definition shoud include also carried-over food additives with technological effect in the final product.

    One way, maybe, to look at this issue is recognizing the different options for defining the term carry-over.

    The definition could:

    - include food additives carried over which do have technological effect in the final product

    - not include food additives carried over to the final product which

     do have technological effect in the final product

    - include food additives carried over to the final product which

    do not have technological effect in the final product

    - not include food additives carried over to the final product which

    do not have technological effect in the final product

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     לארשי Israel

     לארשי תנידמ

     State of Israel

     תואירבה דרשמ Ministry of Health

     רוביצה תואירב יתוריש Public Health Services

     יצראה ןוזמה תוריש Food Control Services

     הטמה Central Office

     www.health.gov.il/fcs

     _____________________________________________________________________________

    That could be illustrated schematically in the following 4 options matrice:

     Definition will include Definition will not include

    carried-over food additives carried-over food additives

    without technological effect without technological effect

    in the final product in the final product

    Definition will include OPTION 1 OPTION 3

    carried-over food additives Option suggested it seems that at the current

     (in our understanding this is practices there are many cases with technological effect

    in the final product the current status in the GSFA in the processed food industry

    though not explicitly stated in of carried-over food additives

    it regarding carried-over food without technological effect in

    additives the final product, and therefore

    option 3 seems to be not without technological effect

    in the final product) relevant

Definition will not include OPTION 2 OPTION 4

    carried-over food additives (as written in Volume 1 of the it seems that at the current

    Codex Alimentarius) practices there are many cases with technological effect

    in the final product in the processed food industry

    of carried-over food additives

    without technological effect in

    the final product, and therefore

    option 4 seems to be not

    relevant

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     לארשי Israel

     לארשי תנידמ

     State of Israel

     תואירבה דרשמ Ministry of Health

     רוביצה תואירב יתוריש Public Health Services

     יצראה ןוזמה תוריש Food Control Services

     הטמה Central Office

     www.health.gov.il/fcs

     _____________________________________________________________________________

    Furthermore, it seems that clarifying that by definition of the term "carry-over of food additives" includes food additives carried over to the final product which do have technological effect can

     "16. Composite foods - foods that could not be assist in tackling the controversial issue of category

    placed in categories 01 15".

In conclusion, we think there is no current need to revise section "4. CARRY-OVER OF FOOD

    ADDITIVES INTO FOODS" and section "5 c) (carry-over principle in the food category system),

    bearing in mind that currently there are no provisions in the GSFA for usage of food additives in ingredients such as food additives and flavourings (food additives and flavourings are not part of the GSFA's food category system except category 11.6 "Table-top sweeteners, including those containing high-intensity sweeteners" which actually deals with food additives sold as such rather than food additives as ingredients for the processed food industry).

    It is interesting to mention the existence in the GSFA of the following notes: "Note 12- Carryover from flavouring substances"- for instance in the provision for CARAMEL IV - SULFITE AMMONIA

    PROCESS in category 01.2.1 Fermented milks (plain) (150 mg/kg).

    "Note 65 Carryover from nutrient preparations" (the note exists but no provision includes this note) "Note 88 Carryover from the ingredient"

Our suggestion therefore is not to revise section "4. CARRY-OVER OF FOOD ADDITIVES INTO

    FOODS"

    Shay Chen, M.Sc.

    Food Additives Unit

    National Food Control Service

    ISRAEL

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