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Mexico Amends Food Additive Regulations

The Mexican government recently modified a July 2012 regulation on permitted additives and co-adjuvants in food, non-alcoholic beverages and food supplements. The regulation sets forth the additives that may be used in food products in accordance with good manufacturing practices as well as the additives that are restricted or subject to maximum levels. It also harmonised domestic practices with international standards and norms and established procedures for the Ministry of Health (COFEPRIS) to modify the list of additives on an expedited basis based on new health information.

Among other things, the updated list of additives that was issued on 16 May sets new limits for a range of chemicals in certain specific foods, including adipic acid, thiodipropionates, propylene glycol alginate, benzoates, tertiary butylhydroquinone, butylated hydroxyanisole, butylhydroxytoluene, isopropyl citrates, ascorbyl esters, stearoyl lactylates, fatty acid esters and sucrose, ethylenediamine tetraacetate, phosphates, p-hydroxybenzoate and polydimethylsiloxane.

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