Proposed by the European Commission, the modifications are designed to simplify existing legislation, rather than to add any new or additional uses of additives, and is trying to simplify it and make it easier for industry to check the different.
The current European legislation on food additives consists of a framework directive and three specific directives on colours (94/36/EC), sweeteners (94/35/EC) and remaining food additives (95/2/EC). The EC, which has created new tables that list permitted food additives under 16 different food categories, has already consulted informally with industry trade associations and with EU member states on the proposed modifications.
FSA is now seeking advice from stakeholders in the UK on any omissions or errors in the new lists. It is also calling for comments on the descriptors of the food categories, which are intended to be advisory rather than legally binding.
Comments must be submitted by the end of August, and will be added to EU working group discussions due to be held in July and September. The new legislation is due to be adopted in January 2011, and is expected to come in the middle of year.
Aporte: Jessica Moya