Food Law News - EU - 2000

11 April 2000: ADDITIVES - Those E-numbers again - NO to carrot additive

EP Daily Notebook, 11 April 2000

Those E-numbers again - NO to carrot additive

This resolution, which was adopted by 429 votes to 11 with 8 abstentions, proposes a number of changes to the Commission's latest move to update the EU's approved list of food additives. The amendments would strengthen the precautionary principle to ensure that additives whose harmlessness is in any doubt should not be authorised. The amendments therefore reject the inclusion of butane, isobutane, propane and ethyl hydroxyethyl cellulose on the list of approved food additives. Another amendment also rejects the inclusion of sodium alginate, an additive used as a stabilising agent in a number of processed foods, for use with freshly peeled carrots. The effect of the additive is to prevent carrots turning white and, although it is not thought to have any harmful effects, it can act as a laxative.

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