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Food Additives, A Global Perspective on Safety Evaluation and Use in Vietnam and Indonesia

The Standards Alliance with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organized two workshops on food additives in Hanoi, Vietnam and Jakarta, Indonesia on September 13 and 15, 2016. The workshops were intended to develop capacity in these emerging markets on food additive issues, with a particular emphasis on global harmonization, basing regulatory policy on science, increasing understanding of toxicological assessments, improving risk communication and fostering a more collaborative environment for industry and government cooperation on these issues.

The September 13 workshop in Hanoi, provided an informative look at Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) processes and the suitability of food additives with a focus on the natural versus artificial debate. Other topics of discussion included toxicological evaluations of food additives, flavor, color, sweetener and MSG regulations. The event was attended more than 90 participants from the Testing Management Division at the Vietnam Food Administration (VFA), Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), several Vietnamese trade associations and industry. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, International Food Additives Council (IFAC), American Beverage Association (ABA), International Council of Grocery Manufacturers Associations (ICGMA), Calorie Control Council (CCC), Flavors Extracts Manufacturers Association (FEMA), International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM), Wine Institute of California and International Glutamate Technical Committee (IGTC) shared U.S. perspectives.

The workshop on September 15 in Jakarta addressed similar topics covered in Hanoi. Discussions on food additives particularly emphasized the principle of carry over, given Indonesia’s unique requirement that all additives, whether direct or indirect need to be labeled in the final food product. Participants included representatives from the National Agency of Drugs and Foods Controls (B POM), the Ministry of Agricultural (MOA), Ministry of Trade (MOT) and the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education as well as several representatives from industry. More than 75 attendees actively participated throughout the workshop and showed particular interest in the process of safety evaluation and how other jurisdictions addressed carry-over. Since the workshop, some B POM officials have expressed interest in future workshops/trainings on food ingredient regulations.

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Food Additives workshop