USP Publishes 8th Edition of Food Chemicals Codex

March 21, 2012

For the first time, it includes the complete contents of USP’s upcoming Food Fraud Database.

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP; Rockville, MD) has published the 8th edition of the Food Chemicals Codex, which for the first time includes the complete contents of USP’s upcoming Food Fraud Database.

The new Food Fraud Database features more than 1300 database entries on the adulterants that have been reported for specific ingredients, as well as corresponding analytical methods for detecting those adulterants.

The Food Chemicals Codex is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the authenticity of food ingredients, including colorings, flavorings, nutrients, preservatives, and processing aids. Covering more than 1,100 food ingredients, the FCC contains specifications for the authenticity and quality of each ingredient, as well as test methods to verify these specifications and the reference materials to confirm that test methods are executed appropriately to yield accurate measurements. Such specifications are especially crucial when dealing with complex natural ingredients and high-value ingredients for which price competition-and opportunities for adulteration-are high.

“The food industry is constantly innovating with new products and ingredients designed to meet consumer desires for healthful, flavorful, and convenient foods,” said Praveen Tyle, PhD, USP’s executive vice president and chief science officer, in a press statement. “At the same time, manufacturers are increasingly sourcing their ingredients globally. Public standards by FCC can serve as a key resource for manufacturers in managing their supply chains…”

For more information or to purchase the FCC,click here.