Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed safety assessment of the use of powdered cellulose as a bulking agent in dry mixes for sweet baked goods.
Cellulose, powdered is already permitted for use in Canada as a bulking agent in various foods, including sweet baked goods.
As no safety concerns were raised through this assessment, the Department has enabled the food additive use described in the information document by updating the List of Permitted Food Additives with Other Generally Accepted Uses, effective August 1, 2014. 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.
To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to the List of Permitted Food Additives with Other Generally Accepted Uses to Enable the Use of Powdered Cellulose as a Bulking Agent in Dry Mixes for Sweet Baked Goods- Document Reference number: NOM/ADM-0031, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "hpfb BCS nom-adm-0031-eng".
Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new scientific information on the safety in use of any food additive, including cellulose. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the use of this additive or to submit any inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "Cellulose, powdered" in the subject line of your e-mail.