All food additives, including colors, sweeteners and other functional classes (e.g. anti-caking or bulking agents), are regulated under Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008. The use of additives presents several challenges, including maximum limits, restrictions as to the food categories where it can be used, authorized functions, whether clean labelling is possible using certain additives, etc. We help our clients navigate the regulatory hurdles arising from this category of food ingredients
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Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 sets the Community lists of food additives authorized in foods, food additives, food enzymes, flavorings, nutrients and other substances added for nutritional and/or physiological purposes. It also establishes the conditions attached to their use (mainly maximum limits) and specific labeling requirements. Food additives authorized under Directives 94/35/EC, 94/36/EC and 95/2/EC may be used pending their review by the European Commission, due by January 20, 2011.
Flavorings are regulated by Directive 88/388, Regulation 2232/96/EC and Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008. Regulation 2232/96/EC lays down a Community procedure for the evaluation of flavoring substances. Based on the outcome of this evaluation, the Commission will adopt a positive list of flavoring substances by December 31, 2010. Most of the provisions laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 will apply as of January 20, 2011.
Food enzymes are regulated by Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008. Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 provides for the establishment of a Community list of food enzymes.
Common authorization procedure
Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 has established a common authorization procedure for food additives, food enzymes and food flavorings.