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EFSA PINPONTS DANGEROUS FLAVOURINGS.

After the first stage of a safety review, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded, on 9 November, that one fifth of flavouring substances used in the European Union require further evaluation.

The EFSA studied the safety of 2,067 flavourings used in the member states of the Union and has asked manufacturers to provide additional data on around 400 of them. "This does not necessarily mean that these substances pose a risk to health, just that we need further information to be able to complete our safety assessments," explained Klaus-Dieter Jany, chair of the panel on flavourings. He added that this initiative was a "first".

Based on this evaluation, the European Commission will draw up a list of flavouring substances that can continue to be used in the EU. In 2011, a new regulation will replace the existing text, in force for the last 14 years(1).

(1) Regulation 2232/96/EC on the use of flavourings in food

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