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More than 500 food additives appear on Latvia’s market every year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to information from the Food and Veterinary Service, more than 500 food additives appear on Latvia’s market every year. Unfortunately, often food additives not registered with FVS appear on the internet and in free trade.

It is possible that illegal actions are carried out by people who procure registered and unregistered food additives allegedly for personal use. In reality, however, those people resell those products by using advertisements or fake social network profiles. Control measures on the market show that labels of food additives on the market often do not comply with information stated in the food additives register. In addition, inspectors also noted violations like the presence of prohibited pharmaceutical substances, plant parts, as well as exceeded concentration of heavy metals, microbiological or chemical pollution, as reported by Agriculture Ministry.

15,273 food product companies and 37 food additive production companies were registered with FVS in 2015. FVS inspectors also carry out food additive control on the external EU border. Effective monitoring of food additives includes three levels of laboratory tests: pre-market control, food additive circulation control and control of food additive control on the external border.

The current food additive register contains information about food additives available in Latvia. This register was created in 1999. It has not been updated since. The register’s technical solution does not provide adding new information fields, grouping information and modification of information with new software. In addition, the current register does not provide effective information exchange with consumers and persons involved in the distribution of specific food products. This means it is necessary to create a new food additive information system with modern options and detailed multiple-level access for information input, explains the ministry.

Agriculture Ministry has prepared a report in regards to the required funding for monitoring and control of food additives. The report will come into force after its approval in the government and publication in the Latvian Herald.

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