Building on a growing collection of quality standards for ingredients of interest and importance to the food industry—including infant formula ingredients, functional food ingredients, sweeteners, and food colorings—new specifications are being proposed in these categories. These standards are available as a resource to manufacturers and suppliers to help ensure the identity, quality, and purity of ingredients used in finished foods—both domestically and internationally.
The Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) includes standards for a full range of ingredients used in foods, including colorings, flavorings, nutrients, preservatives, emulsifiers and thickeners, among others. The compendium accommodates any food ingredient or additive that can be legally added to food in the United States or elsewhere, making it a truly international compendium. The FCC Forum is the free-access online vehicle through which the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)—the organization that publishes the FCC—accepts comments on proposed FCC standards. Food manufacturers and all other interested parties are invited to provide feedback on the latest proposed standards available on the FCC Forum during a 90-day comment period, which closes Sept. 30, 2011. The FCC Forum is accessible at www.usp.org/fcc/fccForum.html.
“What the industry will see in this latest FCC Forum is a dedicated effort to continue to develop standards for categories of ingredients that have broad impact,” said James Griffiths, Vice President of Food and Dietary Supplement Standards for USP.