Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) Online Database

The "Codex General Standard for Food Additives" (GSFA, Codex STAN 192-1995) sets forth the conditions under which permitted food additives may be used in all foods, whether or not they have previously been standardized by Codex. The Preamble of the GSFA contains additional information for interpreting the data. Users are encouraged to consult the Preamble when using this database.

This database provides, in a searchable format, all the provisions for food additives that have been adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Provisions are searchable by food additive (name, synonym, INS number), by functional class and by food category, as described in Annex B of the Codex GSFA.

Please note that the summary and conclusions of recent JECFA meetings and other relevant information, such as call for data for future meetings, are available on the FAO website and the WHO website. Other useful links:

Click here to view the current version of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives.

Please note: The Codex General Standard for Food Additives is currently under development and it will be regularly updated to include additional food additive provisions adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Updated on: 15-09-2016
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