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Food Code amendments on bitter substances in food


Jan 24, 2022

Article 1293 of the Argentine Food Code is amended, which reads as follows: Harmful bitter substances are considered and therefore prohibited for use in the food industry:

Those that contain alkaloids: Opium poppy (Papaver spp), Belladonna (Atropa belladona L.), Barley, Coca (Erythroxylum coca), Jimson weed (Datura spp), San Ignacio beans (Strychnos spp), Nux vomica (Strychnos nuxvomica).

Article 1294 of the Argentine Food Code is amended, which is written: Bitter substances of permitted use are considered to be those defined below:

  • Chicory: Root of the plant Cichorium intybus L.
  • Sweet calamus
  • Angostura: Bark of Galipea officinalis Hancock (G. cusparia A St Hill).
  • Holy Thistle or Blessed Thistle
  • Quassia: Quassia amara L. log and Picrasma excelsa (Schwartz) Planchon log
  • 8 additional permitted substances are included.             


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