Global Ingredient Regulations Presentation

Originally Published: September 8, 2014
Last Updated: March 12, 2021

“Global Ingredient Regulations”  was presented at the 2014 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar by Carolyn Fisher, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Decernis.

Abstract: Positive consumer attitudes, nutritional benefits and high functionality all propel an ingredient’s market demand. However, regulations that govern its use are fundamental to an ingredient’s future in any region. Using the proprietary Decernis database of regulations from over 150 countries, this presentation provided insights into how food ingredient regulations are being increasingly harmonized by global markets from Europe to Asia-Pacific and Latin America as well as where differences still exist. Specific protein additives were discussed as examples of how to operate with thoughtful attention and identify opportunities within this ingredient category.

Excerpt from the written summary of this presentation: Regulations on food ingredients are not in harmony, or even close. Occasionally, a particular country’s regulations can be followed with some ease. However, more often, one must refer to a regional customs union, a global organization like Codex, or to the rules of the U.S., EU or Japan, noted Carolyn Fisher, Senior Scientist at Decernis, as she spoke about opportunities & headwinds in global ingredient regulations.

“Much will be happening in the food regulatory arena in the next five years,” said Fisher. “Food additive regulations are in the midst of change,” she added.

To illustrate this point, Fisher examined the food label on a beverage with example ingredients that could be construed as an additive. She then cross-referenced those ingredients under 24 different sets of local, regional and global regulations. The exercise was to show that some ingredients would be fine in some countries, but issues arise in others.

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