NATCOL stood up for carotenes in the 53rd Codex Committee on Food Additives
NATCOL very successfully presented technologically justified new maximum permitted levels for all carotenes during last week’s CCFA53. Carotenes have a long established safe use as a successful food colour for almost half a century and they are still the most popular colours giving orange-yellow shade to food and beverages. In consultation with all relevant food producer associations, NATCOL generally proposed lower levels than the current ones.
These levels represent maximum use levels for the majority of food products currently on the market, so the impact for food manufacturers is expected to be limited and international trade should not be significantly affected by those revisions. The new maximum permitted levels are now expected to be endorsed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission end of the year. NATCOL also committed to be ready to provide updated exposure data to JECFA by December 2025