News

The UK Flavour Association celebrates it's Centenary on 21st September 2017 with a gala dinner. 


 

The UK Flavour Association has issued a statement regarding the use of flavourings in e-cigarettes which can be found here.


 

EFSA opinions on flavouring substances

EFSA published new opinions regarding the safety evaluation of two groups of flavourings substances:
• FGE.63 Rev3 : Aliphatic secondary alcohols, ketones and 
related esters evaluated by JECFA (59th and 69th meetings) structurally related to saturated and unsaturated aliphatic secondary alcohols, ketones and esters of secondary alcohols and saturated linear or branched-chain carboxylic acids evaluated by EFSA in

FGE.07Rev4.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4662

FGE.407: 4-amino-5-(3-(isopropylamino)-2,2-dimethyl- 3-oxopropoxy)-2-methylquinoline-3-carboxylic acid

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4660 

 


EFSA opinions on food additives

EFSA published opinions regarding the re-evaluation of the following food additives:


 EFSA opinion on Feed additives (flavourings)

EFSA adopted the following opinion on the safety and efficacy evaluation of flavourings substances for use in animal nutrition:

• Aryl-substituted primary alcohol, aldehyde, acid, ester and acetal derivatives belonging to chemical group 22 when used as flavourings for all animal species.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4672 

 


 Safety of workers – Occupational exposure limit values

Commission Directive (EU) 2017/164 of 31 January 2017 establishes a fourth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values (IOELVs) pursuant to Council Directive 98/24/EC, and amending Commission Directives 91/322/EEC, 2000/39/EC and 2009/161/EU.

IOELVs are health-based occupational exposure limit values that are derived from the most recent scientific data available and adopted by the Commission taking into account the availability of measurement techniques. They are threshold levels of exposure below which, in general, no detrimental effects are expected for any given chemical agent after short-term or daily exposure over a working lifetime. They constitute Union objectives and are designed to assist employers in determining and assessing risks and in implementing preventive and protective measures in accordance with Directive 98/24/EC.

With Directive 2017/164, values are set for diacetyl, acetic acid, 2-ethylhexan-1-ol, methyl formate, etc.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2017.027.01.0115.01.ENG 

 


 Flavourings in Animal Nutrition

Fourteen Commission Implementing Regulations were published in the Official Journal on 17th January 2017. They concern the re-authorisation of more than 150 flavouring substances in animal nutrition. Restrictions of use are defined for almost all the substances, including recommended use levels, target animal species, incompatibilities, etc. Specifications are also set; minimum assay values are often more restrictive than those applying to flavouring substances for foodstuffs. Different transition periods are defined depending on the considered products. 6 August 2017 is foreseen as the date for application of the new requirements to additives and premixtures containing them.

List of the 14 Commission implementing regulations:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2017:013:TOC


Organic products – import from Third Countries

Annex III to Commission Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 sets out the list of third countries whose systems of production and control measures for organic production of agricultural products are recognised as equivalent to those in the EU regulation. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2259 amends this list regarding recognised control bodies in third countries.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.342.01.0004.01.ENG 


Sky News


Steve Morgan, Chairman of the UK Flavour Association, spoke to Sky News about the potential impact of Brexit on the ability of the flavour industry to retain skilled staff, sourced from around Europe.


The video can be seen here

 


 

Food and drink supply chain calls for action to restore labour market confidence


The Guardian is today (9th December 2017) publishing a letter co-signed by the Chairman of the UK Flavour Association. A shortened form appears on its website www.guardian.co.uk.

 

The letter in full can be downloaded here


 


 

EFFA's Website


EFFA's new website has been shortlisted as a finalist in The European Association Awards 2017 within the Best Association Website category:

http://europeanassociationawards.com/finalists/

www.effa.eu



 

The UK Flavour Association is hosting a Flavour Regulatory Day on 29th November in London.

The day is also open to non-members for a small charge.

The agenda and registration information can be found here

 


Biodiversity / Nagoya Protocol

The EU Commission published a Guidance document on the scope of application and core obligations of Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 on the compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation in the Union. Also sectorial guidance documents (Eg. Food and Feed) are being drafted. Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 defines what users of genetic resources have to do in order to comply with the rules on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) established by the countries providing genetic resources.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.C_.2016.313.01.0001.01.ENG 

 


 

EFSA Dietary exposure assessment to pyrrolizidine alkaloids

Chronic and acute dietary exposure to pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) was estimated in the European population via the consumption of plant-derived foods. Tea and herbal infusions were by far the main average contributors to the total exposure to PAs. EFSA CONTAM Panel makes several recommendations: to develop sensitive analytical methods, to collect more data on the occurrence of PAs in food commodities and data on the sources of PAs in tea (weeds responsible for the contamination).

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4572 

 


Organic Foodstuffs

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1842 of 14 October 2016 amends Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 as regards the electronic certificate of inspection for imported organic products and certain other elements, and Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 as regards the requirements for preserved or processed organic products and the transmission of information. Several provisions are added or clarified (types of checks necessary for the verification of the consignments, definitions of categories of products, electronic certification system, etc.)

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.282.01.0019.01.ENG


 

Extraction solvents

Commission Directive (EU) 2016/1855 amends Directive 2009/32/EC on extraction solvents used in the production of foodstuffs and food ingredients.

Dimethyl ether (DME) was authorised as an extraction solvent for the production of defatted animal protein products. New conditions for this use are defined: maximum residual limit is set at 3 mg/kg (instead of 0,009 mg/kg) when DME is used for the preparation of collagen and collagen derivatives, except gelatine. The use of DME for the production of defatted animal protein products including gelatines is presented as a new use of DME. The maximum residue limit is 0,009 mg/kg.

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.284.01.0019.01.ENG 

 


 


Food Industry Guidance on Pictorial Representation

 

This resource provides food businesses with advice on what to consider when declaring a pictorial representation of a food ingredient on the label of a pre-packed product.

 

The guidance addresses the different components of a product that can deliver flavour, be it flavourings or ingredients, and how, being used in combination or individually, companies can substantiate the use of a pictorial of a certain food ingredient. Three comprehensive worked examples of how the principles apply to different foodstuffs are also included in the guidance.


https://www.fdf.org.uk/pictorial-representation-guidance.aspx

 


 

Flavouring Substances - Modification of the Union List

 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1244 of 28 July 2016 amends Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards five flavouring substances from a group related with an alpha,beta-unsaturation structure (FGE.208Rev1). The use of the five substances is restricted to some food categories (but no maximum levels of use are set). 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.204.01.0007.01.ENG



CLP Regulation - 9th ATP

 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1179 is the 9th adaptation to technical and scientific progress (ATP), of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. It concerns the harmonised classification of 47 chemical substances. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.195.01.0011.01.ENG



Organic Foodstuffs


Commission Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 sets out the list of third countries whose systems of production and control measures for organic production of agricultural products are recognised as equivalent to those laid down in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 “organic products”. 


Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1330 modifies the list of recognised control bodies in several third countries. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.210.01.0043.01.ENG

 


EFSA opinions on Flavouring Substances 


 

FGE.51 Rev2: Consideration of alicyclic ketones and secondary alcohols and related esters evaluated by JECFA (59th meeting) structurally related to alicyclic ketones secondary alcohols and related esters in FGE.09Rev6 (2015) 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4338 


FGE.75 Rev1: Consideration of tetrahydrofuran derivatives evaluated by JECFA (63rd meeting) structurally related to tetrahydrofuran derivatives evaluated by EFSA in FGE.33 (2008) 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4335 


FGE.90 Rev1: consideration of six substances evaluated by JECFA (68th meeting) structurally related to aliphatic, alicyclic and aromatic saturated and unsaturated tertiary alcohols, aromatic tertiary alcohols and their esters evaluated by EFSA in FGE.18Rev1 and FGE.75Rev1 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4336

 


 

EFSA opinion on Flavouring compounds for feed 


In the field of feed additives, EFSA assessed the safety and efficacy of flavouring substances for use in all animal species feedstuffs: 


Eight compounds belonging to chemical group 31 (aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons). 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4339 


Furfuryl and furan derivatives belonging to chemical group 14. 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4389 


Pyridine and pyrrole derivatives belonging to chemical group 28. 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/fr/efsajournal/pub/4390

 


 

Flavouring substances – Modifications of the Union List (UL) 

 

 The List of flavouring substances (Annex I Part A to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008) was recently modified by three Commission Regulations: 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/54 as regards the inclusion of gamma-glutamyl-valyl-glycine. 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1455530184134&;uri=CELEX:32016R0054 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/55 as regards deletions of footnotes (evaluation completed), corrections of names and specifications, restrictions of use for one substance. 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1455530321411&;uri=CELEX:32016R0055 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/178 as regards removal from the UL of five flavouring substances. 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1455530391592&;uri=CELEX:32016R0178

 


Food Enzymes – List of applications 

 

In the frame of the development of the future Union List of food enzymes, interested parties had to submit applications between September 2011 and March 2015. Applications considered as valid by the Commission will be included in a Register. In the meantime, the Commission published in July 2015 a list of applications submitted within the legal deadline (but not yet validated). An updated version of this list is now available (version 2, 1 February 2016). 

http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/docs/fs_food-improvement-agents_enzymes-applications.pdf

 


 

Food Additives - Rosemary Extracts

 

Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/56, modifying Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives, extends the use of extracts of rosemary (E 392) as antioxidant to spreadable fats with a fat content less than 80 %. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1455530493310&;uri=CELEX:32016R0056

 

 


 


EFSA opinions on Flavouring Substances


New EFSA opinions on the safety evaluation of flavouring groups (FGE) have been published:
FGE.210Rev2: Consideration of genotoxic potential forα,β‐unsaturated alicyclic ketones and precursors fromchemical subgroup 2.4 of FGE.19.
FGE.208Rev1: Consideration of genotoxicity data onrepresentatives for 10 alicyclic aldehydes with the α,β‐unsaturation in ring / side‐chain and precursors fromchemical subgroup 2.2 of FGE.191.
 

EFSA opinion ‐ Dimethyl ether as an extraction solvent

EFSA CEF panel performed a re‐evaluation of the safety ofdimethyl ether as an extraction solvent under newintended conditions of use and new maximum residuallimits.The applicant requested a change in the residual limit ofdimethyl ether in defatted animal protein products (inparticular collagen) from 0.009 mg/kg to 3 mg/kg, and anew use for the extraction of protein products to yieldgelatin.The Panel considers that the use of dimethyl ether as anextraction solvent, under the intended conditions of useand with the proposed residual limits of 3 mg/kg in thedefatted protein products and 9 μg/kg specifically ingelatin, is of no safety concern.


Novel Food
Flavonoids from Glycyrrhiza glabra L. (liquorice) werefirst authorised as a novel food ingredient in 2011. WithDecision (EU) No 2015/1213 of 22 July 2015, the EUCommission approves an extension of use of thisingredient in foods intended for use in energy‐restricteddiets for weight reduction and dietary foods for specialmedical purposes.

EFSA opinions on Flavouring Substances

New EFSA opinions on the safety evaluation of flavouring groups (FGE) have been published:

FGE.21Rev5: Thiazoles, thiophenes, thiazoline and thienyl derivatives from chemical groups 29 and 30

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4066.htm

 

FGE.25Rev3: Aliphatic hydrocarbons from chemical group 31

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4069.htm

 

FGE.78Rev2: Consideration of aliphatic and alicyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons evaluated by JECFA (63rd

meeting) structurally related to aliphatic hydrocarbons evaluated by EFSA in FGE.25Rev3

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4067.htm

 

 

 

Flavourings in animal nutrition

Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons (chemical group 31) when

used as flavourings for all animal species.

Chemical group 31 consists of aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, of which 17 are currently authorised for use

as flavours in food.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/4053.htm

 


 

EFSA Report – Chemicals in Food 2015

At the request of the Commission the EFSA report gives a targeted snapshot of EFSA’s data collection activities on

the occurrence of chemicals in food during a defined period.

This first issue contains an overview of EFSA’s most recent data collection work from 2014-2015: two annual reports

(pesticide residues and veterinary drug residues) as well as two ad hoc reports published during this period: on

arsenic in food and drinking water, and on ethyl carbamate in spirit drinks.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/corporate/pub/chemfood15.htm

 


EFSA opinions of flavouring substances
 
New EFSA opinions on the safety evaluation of flavouring groups (FGE) have been published:
FGE.65Rev1: Sulfur-substituted furan derivatives used as flavouring agents evaluated by JECFA (59th meeting)
structurally related to a subgroup of substances within the group of ‘Furfuryl and furan derivatives with and
without additional side-chain substituents and heteroatoms from chemical group 14’ evaluated by
EFSA in FGE.13Rev2 (2011)
 
FGE.86Rev2: Aliphatic and arylalkyl amines and amides evaluated by JECFA (65th meeting)
 
FGE.77Rev2: Pyridine, Pyrrole and Quinoline Derivatives evaluated by JECFA (63rd meeting)
structurally related to Pyridine, Pyrrole, Indole and Quinoline Derivatives evaluated by EFSA in FGE.24Rev2
(2013)
 
FGE.303Rev1: Spilanthol from chemical group 30

 

 

 


 

Flavourings in Animal Nutrition
External scientific report on Preparatory work to support the re-evaluation of botanically defined feed
flavouring additives.
Before any additive can be marketed it must undergo a rigorous scientific evaluation to demonstrate both its safety and its efficacy under Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003. EFSA has been re-evaluating all feed additives currently on the market, authorised under the previous regulatory framework such that they are harmonised with the current regulation.
In the course of this re-evaluation process, EFSA has received a total of 396 dossiers for the re-evaluation of feed additives.
Among these, 20 dossiers for botanically defined flavouring compounds (covering 268 preparations)
were included.
This external report presents the analysis of the data (identity, characterization) and the preparation of summary data sheets as a basis for the re-evaluation by EFSA.
 
Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of glycyrrhizic acid ammoniated when used as a flavouring for all animal species.
The FEEDAP Panel concludes that glycyrrhyzic acid ammoniated is safe at the concentration of 1 mg/kg complete feed for all species except chickens for fattening and laying hens. For these two categories, a safe concentration of 0.3 mg/kg complete feed applies. The Panel cannot conclude on the safety of the additive used in water for drinking.
 

Plastic Materials (Food Contact)
Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food is
amended and corrected by Commission Regulation (EU)2015/174 of 5 February 2015.
EFSA published several opinions on substances which may be used in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles. In consequence the Union List of those substances is modified.
Plastic materials and articles not in compliance with the new provisions can be placed on the market until 26 February 2016.

Organic Products - Imports from third countries 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/131 modifies the list of third countries whose systems of
production and control measures for organic production of agricultural products are recognised as equivalent to those laid down in Regulation (EC) No 834/2007. The Republic of Korea is added to the list.
 

EFSA Opinions – Flavouring substances 

One new EFSA opinion regarding the safety evaluation of flavouring substances has been published on 22 July 2014: 

FGE.304Rev1: Four carboxamides from Chemical Group 30. The Panel concluded that the four substances [FL-no: 16.117, 16.118, 16.123 and 16.125] do not give rise to safety concern at their levels of dietary intake, estimated on the basis of the MSDI approach. 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3769.htm

 

 


 

EFSA Scientific Opinion – Safety assessment of carvone, considering all sources of exposure 

EFSA has asked its Scientific Committee to establish a single ADI for carvone, to estimate the overall exposure of European consumers, and to quantify the contribution for each source of exposure to the overall exposure of carvone. The Scientific Committee established an ADI for d-carvone of 0.6 mg/kg bw/day by applying a default uncertainty factor of 100 to the BMDL10 of 60 mg/kg bw/day for an increase in relative liver weight in the rat 90-day studies. The Scientific Committee was unable to assess the safety of l-carvone or to establish an ADI due to the lack of toxicity data; the Scientific Committee noted that the aggregated exposure to l-carvone is three-fold that of d-carvone. In the absence of data, the safety of l-carvone cannot be assumed. The Scientific Committee gave recommendations for generating new data to reduce the level of uncertainty and to refine the current risk assessment. 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/doc/3806.pdf



 

EFSA – Food enzymes applications 

A new EFSA guidance includes a checklist of all the information that must be submitted as part of an application to put a food enzyme on the market in the European Union (EU) according to Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008. 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/140725.htm?utm_source=feed&;utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=prwns


Honey 

Directive 2014/63/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 amends Council Directive 2001/110/EC relating to honey. 

Pollen is now considered as a natural constituent of honey, and no more as an ingredient in the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. It has a direct impact on the GMO-Labelling of honey containing cross-contaminations of pollen from GMO-plants. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1406813618183&;uri=CELEX:32014L0063

 


Labelling – “Gluten-Free” products 

 Commission Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 sets out harmonised rules on the information provided to consumers on the absence (‘gluten-free’) or reduced presence of gluten (‘very low gluten’) in food. As foreseen by the recent revision of the legislation on foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses, Regulation (EU) No 609/2013, Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 will be repealed from 20 July 2016

 

The EU Commission considers that rules for the information on the absence or reduced presence of gluten should be maintained after this date. Therefore Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 828/2014 of 30 July defines the requirements for the use of the claims “gluten-free” (<20 mg/kg of gluten) and “very low gluten” (<100 mg/kg) applying to food as sold to the final consumer. 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.228.01.0005.01.ENG

 


Pesticides - Maximum Residue Limits in Food

Annex I (list of products of plant and animal origin) to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 “MRLs pesticides” is amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 752/2014 of 24 June 2014 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.208.01.0001.01.ENG 


Annexes II and III to this Regulation is modified by Commission Regulation (EU) No 737/2014 of 24 June 2014 regarding the following active substances: 2-phenylphenol, chlormequat, cyflufenamid, cyfluthrin, dicamba, fluopicolide, flutriafol, fosetyl, indoxacarb, isoprothiolane, mandipropamid, metaldehyde, metconazole, phosmet, picloram, propyzamide, pyriproxyfen, saflufenacil, spinosad and trifloxystrobin. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2014.202.01.0001.01.ENG 


Annexes III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 is amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 588/2014 of 2 June 2014 regarding levels for orange oil, Phlebiopsis gigantea, gibberellic acid, Paecilomyces fumosoroseus strain FE 9901, Spodoptera littoralis nucleopolyhedrovirus, Spodoptera exigua nuclear polyhedrosis virus, Bacillus firmus I-1582, s-abscisic acid, L-ascorbic acid and Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1404289670510&;uri=CELEX:32014R0588

 


Organic Food - Imports

Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries was recently amended by: 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 644/2014 of 16 June 2014. 

 

Annex III to Regulation No 1235/2008 establishing the list of third countries having a production and control systems equivalent to those of EU is modified concerning Canada, India, Japan, Tunisia and 14 control bodies. 

 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1406536674638&;uri=CELEX:32014R0644 


Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 829/2014 of 30 July 2014 bringing several changes and, among others, it includes the recognition of the equivalence of organic yeast from Switzerland. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:JOL_2014_228_R_0007




EFSA opinion – Feed Additives 

Scientific Opinion on the safety and efficacy of furanones and tetrahydrofurfuryl derivatives: 5-ethyl-3-hydroxy-4-methylfuran-2(5H)-one and 3-hydroxy-4,5-dimethylfuran-2(5H)-one (chemical group 13) when used as flavourings for all animal species. 

At the levels safe for target animal species these products are safe for the consumers of animal products. The proposed concentration of 0.08 mg flavouring compound/kg feed is unlikely to have detrimental effects on the environment except when used in feed for fish in sea cages, in which case the safe concentration would be 0.047 mg/kg. 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3608.htm



EFSA Opinions – Flavouring substances 

Four new EFSA opinions were published: 

 Flavouring Group Evaluation 401 (FGE.401): γ-Glutamyl-valyl-glycine from chemical group 34 

 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3625.htm 

 Flavouring Group Evaluation 94, Revision 2 (FGE.94Rev2): Consideration of aliphatic amines and amides evaluated in an addendum to the group of aliphatic and aromatic amines and amides evaluated by the JECFA (68th meeting) 

 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3622.htm 

 Flavouring Group Evaluation 203, Revision 1 (FGE.203Rev1): α,β-Unsaturated aliphatic aldehydes and precursors from chemical subgroup 1.1.4 of FGE.19 with two or more conjugated double-bonds and with or without additional non-conjugated double-bonds. 

 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3626.htm 

 Flavouring Group Evaluation 215 (FGE.215): Seven α,β-Unsaturated Cinnamyl Ketones from subgroup 3.2 of FGE.19 

 

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/3623.htm


 

Food additives – Magnesium dihydrogen diphosphate 


Commission Regulation (EU) No 298/2014 of 21 March 2014 amends Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 to introduce Magnesium dihydrogen diphosphate (E 450 ix) as a new additive authorised for use as raising agent and acidity regulator in some food categories (Bread and rolls, fine bakery wares, flours, etc.). Specifications are introduced in Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012. 

http://old.eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:089:0036:0040:EN:PDF

 


Novel Food - Coriander seed oil in food supplements 


Commission Implementing Decision of 19 March 2014 authorises the placing on the market of coriander seed oil as a novel food ingredient under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 “Novel Food”. Coriander seed oil as specified in the Annex may be placed on the market in the EU and use in food supplements

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:085:0013:0014:EN:PDF 

Note: Coriander seed oil is here a vegetable oil mainly composed of glycerides of fatty acids (not an essential oil).


Dangerous substances and mixtures


Directive 2014/27/EU of 26 February 2014 amends several Directives in order to align them to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. 


Those modified directives relate to safety signs at work, safety of pregnant workers, young people at work, etc. 


http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:065:0001:0007:EN:PDF

 


 

MRL Pesticides in Food 

 Commission Regulation (EU) No 87/2014 of 31 January 2014 amends Annexes II, III and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 as regards maximum residue levels for acetamiprid, butralin, chlorotoluron, daminozide, isoproturon, picoxystrobin, pyrimethanil and trinexapac in or on certain products. 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:035:0001:0048:EN:PDF

 


 

Phytopharmaceutical substances - Clove oil & Tea tree oil.


 Conditions of approval for Clove Oil and Tea tree Oil as phytopharmaceutical active substances are modified respectively by: 

 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 141/2014 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:044:0040:0042:EN:PDF 

 

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 154/2014 

 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2014:050:0007:0010:EN:PDF

 

 


 


Medicines - Q&A on some excipients


 The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is revising the Guidelines on “Excipients in the label and package leaflet of medicinal products for human”. 


In this context three Q&As have been released: 


Benzoic acid and Benzoates 

http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Scientific_guideline/2014/02/WC500162031.pdf 


Ethanol 

 http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Scientific_guideline/2014/02/WC500162033.pdf

 

Benzyl alcohol 

http://www.ema.europa.eu/docs/en_GB/document_library/Scientific_guideline/2014/02/WC500162032.pdf 


These excipients may be used in flavourings intended for use in pharmaceutical products. 


Apart from labelling aspects, the Q&As provide interesting information on the safety of these ingredients (e.g., recommendation for the limitation of ethanol in products for babies and children).


October 2013

Flavouring Substances - amendment of the Union List 

The List of flavouring substances is amended for the second time with Commission Regulation (EU) No 985/2013 of 14 October 2013 amending and correcting part A of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008.  

Two types of amendments are introduced: 

- Deletion of footnotes (1) for 23 fully evaluated substances; 

- Corrections of errors (name, CAS No, purity, etc.) for 18 substances. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:273:0018:0024:EN:PDF

 


 

Pesticides Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs)

Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 regarding Pesticides MRLs in foodstuffs has been amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1019/2013

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:279:0010:0056:EN:PDF 

See also, EU Pesticides database : http://ec.europa.eu/sanco_pesticides/public/

 


 

Food Additives

Commission authorised the extension of use of several sweeteners in fruit or vegetable spreads similar to jam, jellies and marmalades (category 04.2.5.3). 

Consequently, Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 is modified by Commission Regulation (EU) No 913/2013 of 23 September 2013. 

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:252:0011:0013:EN:PDF

 


 

Contaminants - Official control on imports 

Commission implementing Regulation (EU) No 925/2013 of 25 September 2013 amends Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 regarding the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin. 

 http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:254:0012:0019:EN:PDF

 


 

22nd April 2013

Union List Part A (List of Flavouring Substances) applies!The List of flavouring substances (published in Implementing Regulation (EU) No 872/2012) officially applies since 22 April 2013. All flavouring substances listed in Annex I Part A of Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 may be used throughout the 27 countries of the EU in and on foods.

 


 

2nd October 2012

On October 1, 2012, the European Union adopted Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 872/2012 establishing the list of flavouring substances and Commission Regulation (EU) No 873/2012 on transitional measures concerning the Union list of flavourings. The official European Commission press release can be found here: 

EU Press Release

Regulation EU 872/2012 

  • Contains a new EU list of flavouringsubstances which can be used in food. It enters into force on 22 October 2012 and will apply as of 22 April 2013.
  • The EU food industry will only be able to use flavouring substances that are on the EU list.
  • Flavouring substances not on the list will be banned after an 18-months phasing-out period.

Regulation EU 873/2012

  • Transitional measures for other flavourings e.g. flavourings made from non-food sources to be evaluated and authorised later.
  • Enters into force and applies on 22 October 2012.

On-line database of authorised flavouring substances


9th August 2012

Food, Flavour and our Fifth Sense Event - raising funds for the Smell and Taste Clinic at St James Paget Hospital which treats anosmia sufferers.

23rd September, Norwich

www.fifthsense.org.uk

 


 

24th July 2012

Clippings from the launch:

Food Ingredients First

Food Navigator 

Food Manufacture

Ingredients Network

Food Bev


20th July

UK research - How does Fat Influence Flavour Perception

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have demonstrated reduced brain activity in the areas responsible for processing flavour with fatty food.

article summary


5th July 2012

Official launch of the UK Flavour Association

Please click here for the press release

 


26th April 2012

 

Press release on the Vote on the list of flavouring substances

Please click here for the press release issued by the European Flavour Association (EFFA) on the vote.