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EU: New limits for food additives: E249-250; E 338-452, E 943a, E 943b and E 338-452

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Posted By: Daniela Milani

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Nitrites (E 249-250) in ‘golonka peklowana

The European Union published the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/839 of May 17, 2017 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of nitrites (E 249-250) in ‘golonka peklowana’.

‘Golonka peklowana’ is a traditional Polish meat preparation in which nitrites apart from their preserving effect are used as a curing agent to achieve the desired colour, flavour and texture properties as expected by the consumers. ‘Golonka peklowana’ is offered to the consumers to be further heat- treated before consumption.

This amendment entered into force on June 7, 2017.

Phosphoric acid — phosphates — di — tri — and polyphosphates (E 338-452) in meat preparations

The European Union published the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/871 of May 22, 2017 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of phosphoric acid — phosphates — di — tri — and polyphosphates (E 338-452) in certain meat preparations.

The use of phosphates is required to maintain the physico-chemical state and to increase the binding capacity of meat preparations such as Bílá klobása, Vinná klobása, Sváteční klobása and Syrová klobása.

The technological need for those additives in the relevant Czech meat preparations is similar to that in breakfast sausages and Bräte, for which the use of phosphates is authorised in Part E of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 in food category “Meat preparations”.

This amendment entered into force on June 12, 2017.

Butane (E 943a), isobutane (E 943b) and propane (E 944) in in colour preparations

The European Union published the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/874 of May 22, 2017 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of butane (E 943a), isobutane (E 943b) and propane (E 338-452) in colour preparations.

Butane, isobutane and propane used as propellants can produce the necessary pressure to expel colour preparations from a spray in order to obtain an appropriate homogenous coverage of colours on foods.

In 1991, the Scientific Committee for Food found that their use as extraction solvents was acceptable subject to a residue limit in food of 1 mg/kg per substance.

This amendment entered into force on June 12, 2017.

All the changes for the Food Additives of the European Union will be found shortly in our Regdata® database.