Seminar Review: Insights to Natural Colours—Source, Regulatory, Trends

Monday, October 3rd, 2016 | 979 Views

Brenntag Malaysia, a major distributor of ingredients and chemicals in the local market, strives to be the industry’s most preferred channel partner. Brenntag organises technical seminars where its customers have access to the latest product information and trends from its global supplier partners.

In collaboration with Chr Hansen Asia Pacific, Brenntag Malaysia organised a seminar on 8 September 2016 to introduce natural colours for the food industry in Malaysia. Among its keynote speakers was Norhidayah Othman, senior assistant director, Food Safety and Quality Division from the Ministry of Health Malaysia, who gave a briefing on the newly released Food Regulations (Amendment) (No. 2) 2016 of Malaysia.

She outlined to participants how to determine permitted food additives in food products after the incorporation of the Codex Alimentarius Standards as the standard reference, which has been implemented since 1 September 2016. She demonstrated this using a flow chart, where any food additives would be permitted only if they passed three guidelines: the Food Regulation 1985, the GFSA (General Standard for Food Additives), and CCS (Codex Commodity Standard).

Held at Putrajaya Shangri-La Hotel, the seminar was attended by 60 participants from the Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysian Food Manufacturing Group (FMM-MAFMAG), Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and major food and beverage manufacturers in Malaysia.

The seminar gave the audience a strong understanding on several topics concerning natural food colours, from global and market-specific regulations, labelling, technical information including sources, to the increasing consumer demand for natural colours. Presenters from Chr Hansen included Aliah Abdul Wahab, regional regulatory director, Jude Wong, regional application centre manager, and Choo Pei, Asia Pacific marketing manager.