During a recent meeting of the European Union’s (EU’s) Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, EU member states reportedly endorsed a European Commission proposal to establish a new list of permitted flavoring substances for food products. The committee also approved a transitional measure on other flavorings, including those made from non-food sources.
Expected to be formally adopted unless opposed by the European Parliament, the two pieces of legislation aim to create clear rules for the use of flavoring substances within the European Union. The European Food Safety Authority and other scientific bodies assessed 2,800 flavorings to establish the list of allowable flavorings for use in food. Set for publication in an online database for consumers, industry and national food-control authorities, the list will be enforced six months after its adoption to provide sufficient time for the EU food industry to comply. See Europolitics, April 24, 2012.