On 1 June 2013, the new list of food additives approved for use in foods and their conditions of use provided by Commission Regulation (EU) No 1129/2011, which amended Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament, by establishing an EU list of food additives, entered into force.
The list increases consumer protection and provides greater clarity for food operators as only those food additives included in it may be commercialised in the EU market and used in food under the approved conditions. This creates a single regulation binding and directly applicable in all Member States.
The Commission introduced some changes as a result of years of EFSA's scientific advice, and some additives and some of their uses have been removed from the list, and by extension, from the market.
In addition, a new food categorisation system has been established and additives are listed on the basis of the categories of food to which they may be added.
The EFSA is currently carrying out a program of re-evaluation of all authorised additives. Therefore, the list may be updated in the future to amend the current conditions of use of the additives and, if necessary, to remove additives.
A database on Food Additives has been created for the purpose of information.