Canada Modifies List of Permitted Food Additives for HMFs

On April 14, the Health Canada Directorate approved the use of certain food additives in human milk fortifiers. The “Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Additives to Extend the Use of Certain Food Additives to Human Milk Fortifiers” was published and includes several significant points related to the safe use of certain additives in HMF’s. Human milk fortifiers are added to breast milk to provide extra nutrients including increased protein and minerals to support growing preterm babies. As part of the new regulation, gellan gum was approved as a stabilizer for use in liquid HMF’s with a use level restriction of 225 parts per million which is equivalent to human milk containing the HMF on an as consumed basis. Currently, there are seven additives approved for use in HMF’s, and these were determined to have no safety concerns. The list includes lecithin, carrageenan, potassium citrate, and sodium citrate. The new regulation became effective on April 14, 2021.

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Posted on 29 April 2021