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China Permits 36 New Food Raw Materials, Additives and Food-related Products

A new bacterial culture named Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum BB536 was permitted to be used in infant food. Two new food additives, namely, Glutamine transaminase and Lutein, can be used in some dairy products.

On May 5, 2022, China National Health Commission (NHC) published a list of 36 newly approved substances, including 3 new food raw materials, 18 new food additives, and 15 food-related products. 

3 New Food Raw Materials 

Name

Basic information

Recommended consumption

Quality requirements

Notes

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Species family: Chlamydomonaceae, Chlamydomonas

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1. Appearance: green powder

2. Protein content ≥30%

3. Crude polysaccharide content ≥10%

1. Foods for infants and young children are excluded from the application scope.

2. Food safety indicators shall follow the requirements in China's GB standard for algae and algae products.

Bifidobacterium longum subsp. longum BB536

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1. It is approved to be used in infant food.

2. It shall conform to relevant national food safety standards.

Sugarcane Polyphenols

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≤ 1g/day (powder); ≤ 10 g/day (liquid) (the recommended consumption of powder with total polyphenol content of 200 g/kg is 1g/ day, and the recommended consumption of liquid with total polyphenol content of 14.8 g/kg is 10 g/day. If the actual total polyphenol content exceeded the content stipulated above, it shall be converted according to the actual content)

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1. Unsuitable consumer groups should be labeled (including infant and young children, the pregnant and lactating women).

2. Safety indicators and test method are specified in this notice.

18 New Food Additives  

1 new food additive, 1 new nutritional fortifier, 1 new processing aid, 8 new enzyme preparations, 2 processing aids with expanded application scope as well as 5 food additives with expanded application scope or amount are included.

1 new food additive 

Name

Function

Food classification no.

Food category

Maximum usage amount (g/kg)

Quinoline yellow aluminum lake

Colorant

05.03

Coating for candy and chocolate products (candy coating only)

0.3 (calculated by quinoline yellow)

5 food additives with expanded application scope or amount 

Name

Function

Food classification no.

Food category

Maximum usage amount (g/kg)

Glutamine transaminase

Stabilizer and coagulator

01.02.02

Flavored fermented milk

0.3

01.06.01

Unripened cheese

Magnesium chloride

Flavour enhancer

06.07

Instant rice & flour products

As necessary for the production

06.08

Frozen rice and flour products

12.10

Compound seasoning

Sucralose

Colorant

01.06.04

Reprocessed cheese

0.2

Lutein

Colorant

01.01.03

Modified milk

0.05

01.02.02

Flavored fermented milk

Acesulfame potassium

Sweetener

07.03

Biscuit

0.6

For all approved and updated food additives, please check China Food Additives Database

15 New Food-related Products 

4 new additives for food contact materials (FCM), 2 additives with expanded application scope, and 9 new resins for FCM are included. 

4 new FCM additives 

Name

CAS number

Application scope

Maximum usage/%

SML (mg/kg)

QM (mg/kg)

Notes

Phosphoric acid, zirconium (4+) salt (2:1)

13772-29-7

Plastic: PE, PP, PS, PLA; paints and coatings

PE,PP,PS,PLA:1

Paint and coating: 1 (as painting formula)

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PP plastic materials and articles only added with this substance can be used for microwave heating.

Acids, aliphatic, monocarboxylic(C10-C22), esters with polyglycerol

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Plastic

0.35

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Plastic materials and articles added with this substance should only be used for filling or long-term storage in the condition of room temperature (including hot filling in the condition of T≤70°C, t≤2h or T≤100°C, t≤15min, and pasteurization).

2-Propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 1,2-ethanediyl ester, polymer   with methyl 2-methyl-2-propenoate

25777-71-3

Plastic: PE, PP

1

6 (as  methacrylic acid); 0.05 (2-methyl-2-acrylic acid-1,2-ethylene glycol ester)

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PE and PP material and articles added with this substance cannot be operated at the   temperature over 121℃, and cannot be used in contact with infant and young children food or breast milk.

Hexanedioic acid, polymer with N-(2-aminoethyl)-1,3-propanediamine, aziridine, (chloromethyl)oxirane, 1,2-ethanediamine, N, N''-1,2-ethanediyl

bis[1,3-propanediamine], formic acid and α-hydro-ω-hydroxypoly

(oxy-1,2-ethanediyl)

114133-44-7

Paper and paperboard

0.12 (as dried paper)

12 (1,2-ethylenediamine); 0.01 (aziridine); ND   (epichlorohydrin, DL=0.01mg/kg); ND (ethylene oxide, DL=0.01mg/kg); 5 [N-(2-aminoethyl)-1,3-propanediamine]; 5 {N,N''-1,2-ethylenediyl [1,3-propanediamine]}

1 (epichlorohydrin); 1 (ethylene oxide)

Paper and paperboard added with this substance should only be used for filling or long-term storage in the condition of room temperature (including hot filling in the condition of T≤70°C, t≤2h or T≤100°C, t≤15min, and pasteurization).

Notes: The above restricted use requirements shall be marked in accordance with the provisions in GB 4806.1.

For other newly approved FCM substances, please check China Approved Food Contact Materials Additives and Resins Permitted in China, or contact us for more information.

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