Notice of Modification to Add Maximum Levels for Inorganic Arsenic in Polished (White) and Husked (Brown) Rice to Part 2 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods – Reference Number: NOM/ADM C-2020-1

Reference Number: NOM/ADM C-2020-1
June 5, 2020

Background

On June 14, 2019, Health Canada published a Proposal to Add Maximum Levels of Inorganic Arsenic in Polished (White) and Husked (Brown) Rice to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods – Reference Number: NOP/ADP C-2019-2 that was open to the public for comments for 75 days.

No new scientific information was received during the consultation period. Therefore, Health Canada added two new maximum levels for inorganic arsenic in polished (white) and husked (brown) rice, respectively, to Part 2 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods, effective June 5, 2020, as described in the information document.

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 information relevant to Health Canada’s scientific assessment.

Information Document

To obtain an electronic copy of the Notice of Modification to Add Maximum Levels of Inorganic Arsenic in Polished (White) and Husked (Brown) Rice to Part 2 of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods – Reference Number: NOM/ADM C-2020-1, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to hc.publications-publications.sc@canada.ca with the subject heading “HPFB BCS NOM-ADM C-2020-1-eng“.

Contact Information

Health Canada’s Food Directorate is committed to reviewing any new information on the scientific assessment of inorganic arsenic in rice. Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the assessment 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 “Arsenic (NOM C-2020-1)” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney’s Pasture, PL: 2202C
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9
E-mail: hc.bcs-bipc.sc@canada.ca

Supporting Information

Chemical Contaminants

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