Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a premarket safety assessment of a food additive submission seeking approval for the use of dimethyl dicarbonate (DMDC) as a preservative in fruit wine, cider, and perry (a product of the alcoholic fermentation of pear juice).
DMDC is already permitted for use as a preservative in unstandardized water-based non-alcoholic beverages and wine.
The results of the premarket assessment support the safety of DMDC for its requested use in these beverages. Consequently, Health Canada has enabled the use of DMDC described in the information document below by modifying Part 3 of the List of Permitted Preservatives, effective July 27, 2021.
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