Submissions on food additive welcomed

Friday, 16 May, 2014

Seafood New Zealand Limited has lodged an application with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) seeking approval for the additive sodium hydrosulfite. The additive is used to change the colour of abalone.

“The applicant wants to use the additive to change the black colour of New Zealand abalone (paua) to a colour that’s more acceptable to consumers,” said FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon.

“The FSANZ safety assessment concluded that the food additive is technologically justified and the treated abalone is safe for human consumption.

“FSANZ welcomes comments from government agencies, public health professionals, industry and the community on this application.”

The closing date for submissions is 27 June 2014. For more information on application A1088 - Sodium Hydrosulphite as a Food Additive, visit

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