Seventh edition Food Chemicals Codex released

THE updated quality standards for ingredients used in functional foods sold and consumed everyday are included in the seventh edition of the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC).

Published by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), the FCC is an internationally recognised compendium of standards that helps ensure the identity, quality, purity and consistency of food ingredients.

“The Food Chemicals Codex is designed to serve as a resource for the food industry, offering independently developed, science-based standards defining the authenticity and quality of food ingredients that both suppliers and food manufacturers find useful,” USP food, dietary supplement and excipient standards vice president, James Griffiths said.

“These standards provide suppliers with a means of demonstrating quality, and allow manufacturers to have confidence that the ingredients they purchase are what they claim to be, as opposed to a contaminated, adulterated, diluted or otherwise inferior product.”

According to USP, the latest FCC includes standards covering quality and purity for 1,100 food ingredients including the ingredient’s chemical formula, structure and weight; function and definition; impurity limits; and packaging, storage and labelling information.

In addition, the FCC includes a step-by-step guidance to analyse food ingredients and demonstrate their authenticity, quality and purity.

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