Food Additive Submission
In Canada, only substances listed in the Lists of Permitted Food Additives can be sold and used in Canadian foods as food additives. The lists give the name of each food additive and its permitted purposes; the types of food it may be used in; and its maximum permitted use level. The lists proscribe permitted colouring agents, food enzymes, sweeteners and preservatives, among other categories. Companies interested in selling a product with a food additive that does not appear on one of the lists (or who want to use a listed ingredient for a different purpose, level or food type than allowed by the lists) must file a Food Additive Submission (FAS) for the additive prior to sale of food containing it.
FASs undergo a lengthy and somewhat unpredictable assessment process with the Food Directorate of Health Canada. Assessment begins with Health Canada review of technical data provided by the applicant (substance identification, method of manufacture, physical and chemical properties, specifications, intended use, analytical methods of analysis, maximum limits, safety related data and proposed labelling), which, if approved, is followed by publication and public commentary on the use of the additive under the proposed conditions.
NHP Consulting will file a Food Additive Submission on your behalf, ensuring your product can come to market in full compliance and a timely fashion.