Reference Number: NOM/ADM-0153 [2020-09-18]
Health Canada’s Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of citric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides (CITREM) in whole protein-based infant formulas for special dietary purposes.
CITREM is already permitted for use as an emulsifying agent in infant formula based on crystalline amino acids or protein hydrolysates, or both.
The results of the premarket assessment support the safety of CITREM for its requested use. Consequently, Health Canada has enabled the use of CITREM described in the information document below by modifying the List of Permitted Emulsifying, Gelling, Stabilizing or Thickening Agents, effective September 18, 2020.
The purpose of this communication is to publically announce the Department’s decision in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit any new scientific information relevant to the safety of this food additive.
Government of Canada, 18 September 2020