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Codex Alimentarius

Codex Committee on Food Additives

22 April 2012

In 1995 Codex adopted the General Standard for Food Additives, which is a list of permitted additives in food products, including food supplements. The Standard is updated every year and a large number of additives are under discussion for their inclusion. It is essential that this list contains all additives which are commonly used to manufacture supplements, as non-inclusion could lead to the rejection of an imported product in international trade.

IADSA is working to ensure that all additives permitted in the different regions and a few additives unique to food supplement manufacturing are included in the Codex list. In doing so, IADSA works together with manufacturers and member trade associations globally.

General Standard for Food Additives

The last CCFA meeting (44th Session) took place in Hangzhou, China from the 9th to 16th March 2012. An IADSA delegation participated in the meetings.

The CCFA agreed to endorse for final adoption by the Commission (and eventually inclusion in the GSFA) the following additives for use in food category 13.6 - food supplements:


Food Additive

Maximum Level



Aspartame-Acesulfame Salt

2,000 mg/kg

With no restrictions on product categories



2,000 mg/kg with Note 42 (As sorbic acid)

The original restriction of ‘liquid supplements only’ has been removed!



2,500 mg/kg

With no restrictions on product categories

These additives were under the threat of being deleted or their levels of use lowered.

CCFA also decided to allow further work on maximum levels of another further additive group, Sucrose Oligoester Types I and II (INS 473a). This work will determine safe levels for use in food supplements. It is expected that this additive will be in the CCFA agenda next year.

International Numbering System (INS)

The International Numbering System for food additives (INS) has been prepared by the CCFA for the purpose of providing an agreed international numerical system for identifying food additives in ingredient lists as an alternative to the declaration of the specific name which is often lengthy and a complex chemical structure.

In its last meeting, CCFA agreed to assign an INS number 561 with technological function as a carrier to Potassium aluminium silicate which has been recently assessed by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). This additive is already in use as a pearlescent-coating for food supplement tablets.

The CCFA assigns a number (INS number) to each new additive which has received a positive safety assessment from JECFA and which has been accepted by the CCFA. To receive an INS number the additive must have an agreed specification and must have a function in one of the functional groups recognised by the Codex system.

The next meeting of the CCFA will take place in Beijing, China, on 18-22 March 2013.

Click here to see the IADSA Position Paper on Certain Food Additives

Click here to see the IADSA Report on the 44th Session of CCFA

Click here to see the Report of the CCFA Meeting 2012