NHC Approved 10 New Food Additives

On 20th February, 2021, National Health Commission of the People's Republic of China (NHC) approved 10 new food additives, including 3 new enzymes, 4 food additives with expanded scope, 2 new processing aids with expanded scope and 1 new nutrition enhancer with expanded scope, the detailed approval information is as follow:

(1) New enzyme

No

Name

Source

Donor

1

Alpha-amylase

Bacillus licheniformis

Cytophaga sp.

2

Protease

Bacillus subtilis

Thermus Aquaticus

3

Lactase

Bacillus subtilis

Bifidobacterium bifidum

The quality specification requirements of enzymes should meet the requirements of the ‘National Food Safety Standard, Food Additives, Enzymes’ (GB 1886.174)

(2) Food additives with expanded scope

No

Name

Function

Category number

Food name/category

Maximum level (g/kg)

Note

1

Silicon dioxide

Anti-caking agent

04.04.03

Other bean product (only for beancurd jelly)

15.0

-

2

Tomato red

Colorant

05.02.02

Other candy except for Gum-based candy

0.25

 

12.10.02

Semi-solid blended condiment

0.125

3

Curdlan

Thickener

04.01.02.05

Jam

Appropriate level as required in production

-

04.04.01.05

New bean curd product (puffed soy protein food, soybean meat, etc.)

06.05.02.04

Starch-based snack

16.07

Other food (only for product of Konjac gel)

4

Tamarind gum

Thickener

04.01.02.05

Jam

5.0

-

04.01.02.08.05

Processed hawthorn products

20.0

14.02.03

Fruit and vegetable juice (nectar) drink (including fermented product)

3.0

For solid beverage, the level of use should be increased by times of dilution

(3) Processing aids with expanded scope

No

Name

Function

Food Name/ category

1

Butane

Propellant

Processing technology of spray release oil for bakery food

2

Phosphoric acid

Nutrients for refining, degumming and fermentation

Oil processing technology, fermentation technology

(4) Nutrition enhancer with expanded scope

Name

Category number

Food Name/ category

Maximum level

6S-5-methyltetrahydrofolate calcium

13.05

Other food for special dietary use (only for nutrition supplement food  and sports nutrition and for pregnant and lactating women)   

The usage should comply with the relevant requirements in GB 31601 and GB 24154.

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