On 11 November 2011, the European Commission adopted two regulations on additives, which will provide more transparency for the consumer and a solid basis for the food industry upon which to develop new innovative and safe products.

These regulations establish two new lists. The first list concerns food additives and will be effective from June 2013 (Regulation (EG) 1129/2011). Its purpose is to enable consumers, food businesses and control authorities to quickly identify which additives are authorised in a particular foodstuff, and it will also be available in an online database.

The second list regards additives in food ingredients, such as other additives, enzymes, flavourings and nutrients (Regulation (EG) 1130/2011); it took effect in December 2011. The authorised uses of additives will from now on be listed according to the category of food they may be added to. The Commission regards this as an important improvement compared to the previous lists which were spread over several annexes to three different directives.

Both lists are steps towards the implementation of the Framework Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008 adopted in December 2008.