Brussels, 12.11.2011

Approval of new food additives - Reg. 1129/2011 - 1130/2011 - 1131/2011

By 12 November 2011 the Annexes of the Regulation on Food Additives 1333/2008 have been completed. There is less change with regard to the majority of additives since the Annex II containing the admitted additives to date will come into force not until the 1st July 2013.

Exempt are the new additive “Basic Methacrylate Copolymer” (E 1205), an innovative glazing agent for solid food supplements, an alternative to shellac, and the longtime discussed steviol glycosides (E 960) as sweetener. These additives may already be used from 2nd December 2011 on. Another new topic is the fact that carriers and additives for food additives, enzymes, flavours, and nutrients are regulated (Annex III).

Whether this last innovative within the “Food Improvement Agents Package” (FIAP) will really enhance food safety has to be shown.