Concern over aluminium-containing food additives drives changing legislation

Fears over excessive consumption of aluminium-containing ingredients are now reaching other parts of the world. In February 2014, EU regulations were introduced to restrict the use of aluminium-containing food additives. Those ingredients pertinent to baking are sodium aluminium sulphate (SAS) and the more functional sodium aluminium phosphate (SALP).

Other countries are now following this lead; Brazil’s food safety regulatory authority, ANVISA, has announced that it will be banning aluminium-containing food additives in a 12-month program, which is due to complete in early 2020. With Mexico implementing similar aluminium restriction plans, as well as a number of other Latin American countries looking to do the same, it would be sensible to assume that aluminium-containing food additives may soon be a thing of the past.

In the USA, both SAS and SALP are GRAS (Generally Recognised as Safe) regulated by the FDA, but bakeries are already looking for alternatives to stay ahead of the curve. Whether or not the USA will follow the EU’s lead on banning this substance in foodstuffs remains to be seen. What is clear is that consumers continue to be more aware of the health impacts of their diet. As this awareness grows, food safety continues to be on their radar.

The European protocol was established following extensive research and evidence into the harmful effects of excessive levels of aluminium in the diet. It is suggested that when excessive amounts are consumed, deposits of aluminium can cause neurological damage and exacerbate certain diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. As such, it’s important for food manufacturers to stand at the forefront of innovation, and be prepared to adjust their recipes and formulations to use alternatives to aluminium-containing food additives.

The Kudos team has invested significant time and resource into the research and development of replacing SALP in baking, and we are proud to support global bakeries in offering healthier products with the same high quality they expect. Contact our technical team today to find out about NEOS™ SALP replacer, our healthier, high quality alternative to SALP on technical@kudosblends.com.