The proposal was discussed at Council Working Group level on 18 October 1999 and later at a meeting of attaché's on 8 November, where it did not cause any significant difficulty for any Member State. On 27 January 2000, the proposal was discussed by the European Parliament's Industry Committee, who agreed with all the proposed new additives and associated uses. The proposal was then discussed by the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy Committee in February, which recommended the deletion of the following entries:
MEPs voted in favour of all the above amendments at the European Parliament's plenary session in Strasbourg on 10 - 14 April, on the basis that the Commission had not provided sufficient technical information and justification for these entries in terms of benefits for consumers. The Commission has subsequently made clear that it opposes the European Parliament's amendments, arguing that all the proposed changes in its original proposal have been approved by the independent Scientific Committee on food and have a clear technological need.
It is likely that the Portuguese Presidency will convene a Council Working Group meeting of attaches and experts from member States to discuss the Parliaments amendments in the near future.