Regulations on glycidyl esters in food products will be changed

On October 23, 2020 on the website of the Eurasian Economic Commission was published a news, in which it was announced that the standards for the content of glycidyl fatty acid esters should be included in several EAEU technical regulations specifying requirements for food products.

Regulations on glycidyl esters

This decision was supported by the authorized bodies of the members of the Eurasian Economic Union at a meeting at the headquarters of this organization. It concerned the issue of introducing mandatory requirements in the field of standardizing the content of glycidyl esters in food products into the EAEU technical regulations.

It is mainly about two regulations:

  • "Food safety" (TR CU 021/2011);
  • "On the safety of certain types of specialty foods, including dietary therapy for use in therapy and dietary nutrition" (TR CU 027/2012).

Uniform sanitary requirements

Decision No 132 of 6 August 2019 was the first step to incorporate standards on the content of glycidyl esters into the legal framework of the EAEU. Based on it, the list of goods for which uniform sanitary requirements were approved was amended.

Glycidyl fatty acid esters expressed as glycyl is an important indicator that has been added to the list of vegetable oils used for direct human consumption or as food raw material, with the setting of an acceptable level. Currently, the application of the guidelines from the document is based on the principle of voluntary nature. This solution is used by manufacturers who want to adapt their products to new legal requirements earlier.

Palm oil in food products

Currently, standards for the manufacturing industry in the use of glycidyl fatty acid esters, i.e. use of palm oil in food products are not based on clear legal guidelines. Due to this fact, the EAEU decided to recall that active work is underway to establish the necessary standards. The developed standards will be included in the technical regulations for fats and oil products (TR CU 024/2011).

By adopting the necessary changes, it will be possible to set acceptable levels of glycidyl esters in vegetable oils and derived products, thus protecting consumers against their excess in food products.