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Colouring Foods Achieve New Group Standard in China

China National Food Industry Association supports growing consumer interest in natural, safe food and provides guidance and clarity for the food industry / Global Colouring Foods market leader GNT sees this as a major step forward

31 August 2017

Mierlo / Singapore, 29th August 2017 – A very important and significant step forward for Colouring Foods and Chinese consumers: the China National Food Industry Association has published a new Group Standard (T/CNFIA 101-2017) to provide regulatory certainty and clear criteria for the definition of Colouring Foods. The Group Standard can be adopted by the food industry immediately after publication and will be formally implemented by 1st January 2018.

The GNT Group, leading global provider of Colouring Foods, strongly supports the publication, “This new Group Standard is a definite advance for Colouring Foods in China since it provides support for products with colour solutions that consumers readily accept and recognize to be natural. It eases the life of manufacturers in replacing additive colours with clean label solutions and meeting growing consumer demands for more naturalness”, says Victor Foo, General Manager of GNT Singapore.

Victor Foo further added, “The importance of natural colours and the preference for Colouring Foods expressed by Chinese consumers is remarkably high (86% of Chinese consumers believe natural food should have no additives), as our global consumer study commissioned through TNS has shown. It is very clear what consumers in China want and expect and this new Group Standard provides manufacturers with the opportunity to delight them. At GNT we have our comprehensive EXBERRY® range of Colouring Foods ready to fulfil that requirement.”

The Group Standard on Colouring Foods for Food Industry has strict criteria for Colouring Foods; to be compliant they must be produced from natural food raw materials, such as fruits, vegetables, plants and algae by only using physical processes. The isolation of pigments through organic solvent extraction is not permitted. One key requirement is that the characteristic properties of the raw materials such as flavour, taste, nutritive and colouring constituents are retained. If compliant, Colouring Foods can simply be declared as such on the label of the final products, for example ‘Colouring Food (Concentrate of Carrot)’.

The China National Food Industry Association has worked on this Group Standard since 2016, in consultation with experts and relevant stakeholders from the food industry. It is consistent with key principles of the EU Guidance note on the classification of food extracts with colouring properties, thus providing a step forward in achieving globally compliant colour solutions.