At its meeting held on August 29, the Eurasian Economic Commission's Council adopted a decision to amend the Technical Regulation "Safety requirements to food additives, flavorings and technological aids".
The amendments were elaborated by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan in accordance with the EAEU legislation in terms of requirements to food additives, as well as in terms of the content of phosphoric acid and food-grade phosphates in meat products. Besides, amendments to international and European legislation on safety of food additives, flavorings and technological aids, including Codex Alimentarius, were taken into account.
The amendments are a comprehensive document, they provide for the updating of five sections of the technical regulation and 29 annexes thereto, including lists of food additives permitted for food products and flavoring substances permitted for flavorings.
In particular, the amendments envisage:
- removing 19 items from the list of authorized food additives that have lost their relevance, and adding 6 items;
- extending the list of enzyme preparations and the list of flavoring substances;
- adjusting the scope of application of certain food additives and revising the names of food product groups, including with due regard to current nomenclature.
The EEC Council's Decision shall come into effect after 180 calendar days have elapsed from the date of its official publication. In order to ensure a smooth transition of the business community to the new requirements, a draft decision of the Commission's Board on the procedure for enacting these amendments has been prepared, which provides for 18 months for a smooth transition to the new requirements and 36 months for the transition with respect to marking requirements. The document will be considered and adopted in due course.