REVISED REGULATORY GUIDELINES CONCERNING FOOD 12 ADDITIVES, AND PROCESSING AIDS

REVISED REGULATORY GUIDELINES CONCERNING FOOD 12 ADDITIVES, AND PROCESSING AIDS

I. RATIONALE

The 1987 Philippine Constitution declares under Article II, Section 15 to “protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them."

Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Act of 2009, Section 3 declares that it is “a policy of the State to adopt, support, establish, institutionalize, improve and maintain structures, processes, mechanisms and initiatives that are aimed, directed and designed to: (a) protect and promote the right to health of the Filipino people; and (b) help establish and maintain an effective health products regulatory system and undertake appropriate health manpower development and research, responsive to the country’s health needs and problems. Pursuant to this policy, the State must enhance its regulatory capacity and strengthen its capacity with regards to inspection, licensing and monitoring of establishments and the registration
and monitoring of health products.”

The Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9711 further states that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked to “establish standards and quality measures for food and adopt measures to ensure quality and safe supply of food in the country. 

Furthermore, Republic Act 10611or the Food Safety Act of 2013, Section 9 states that the Department of Health – Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA) “shall set the mandatory food safety standards” and that “Standards shall be established on the basis of science, risk analysis, scientific advice from expert body/bodies, standards of other countries, existing Philippine National Standards (PNS) and the standards of the Code 39 Alimentarius Commission (Codex), where these exist and are applicable.”

Administrative Order (AO) No. 88-A s. 1984 and Bureau Circular (BC) No. 2006-0016 need updating to meet the current and emerging trends in food manufacturing. In view of the above and consistent with the requirements of the World Trade Organization on Technical Barriers to Trade in overcoming technical obstacles in world markets, these guidelines aim to update and put together the list of permitted food additives and prescribe standards for their use and application in food distributed in the Philippines whether locally
manufactured or imported.

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