Caramel in flavoured cheddar cheese (ICS Codes: 67.220.20; 67.100.30)
Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Colouring Agents to Enable the Use of Caramel in Flavoured Cheddar Cheese - Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0158. Language(s): English and French. Number of pages: 3 and 4
Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of caramel as a colouring agent in a flavouring preparation used in the manufacture of flavoured cheddar cheese. The caramel is added to the flavouring preparation to improve the visibility of swirls of the flavouring preparation in the finished cheese. The caramel is not intended to impart colour to the entire cheese.
Caramel is already permitted for use in Canada as a colouring agent in various standardized and unstandardized foods.
The results of the premarket assessment support the safety of caramel for its requested use. Consequently, Health Canada has enabled the use of caramel described in the information document below by modifying the List of Permitted Colouring Agents, effective 22 January 2021.
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department's decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for inquiries or for those wishing to submit new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food additive.