- CFSA is now consulting on the proposed approval of selenium-enriched yeast for use in foods for special dietary uses (including infant formula and FSMP).
On Sep. 5th, 2018, China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) sought public comments on the proposed usage expansion of selenium-enriched yeast and polyglycerol polyricinoleate (polyglycerol esters of interesterified ricinoleic acid, PGPR in short) in new food categories. Deadline for comments is Oct. 5th. Specifics are as follows (new contents open to consultation are marked in orange):
Food classification No.
Nutritional fortification substance
modified milk powder and modified cream powder (not for children)
modified milk powder and modified cream powder (only for children)
rice and its products
wheat flour and its product
coarse cereal powder and its products
other candies except gum-based candy
older infants and young children formula
infant formula for special medical purpose
other food for special medical purposes (except those in 13.01)
0.5-2.9μg/100kJ(those aged 1-10);
0.8-5.3μg/100kJ(those above 10).
other food for special dietary uses (except those in 13.01~13.04)
fat emulsion products like water and oil
cocoa products, chocolate and chocolate products including chocolate with cocoa butter substitute and its products
coating for candy and chocolate products
decorative candy (e.g. processing technology and model, or cake decoration), cresting (non-fruit material) and sweet juice
semisolid compound seasoning
Selenium is an essential mineral that is only needed in small amounts, but plays a major role in important processes in the body like metabolism and thyroid function.
The consultation draft of food additive selenium-enriched yeast sets limitations in food for special dietary uses according to China’s National Food Safety Standard GB 10765 infant formula, GB 10767 older infants and young children formula, GB 25596 Infant Formula Foods for Special Medical Use, GB 29922-2013 Foods for Special Medical Purposes and GB 31601-2015 Nutrient Supplementary Food for Pregnant and Lactating Women. For example, in GB 10765, selenium is mandatory and the required concentration is 0.48~1.90μg/100kJ. In GB 10767, selenium is an optional substance, and if added, the content should be 0.48~1.90μg/100kJ.