Food Law News - EU - 2000

EP Briefing, 11 December 2000

ADDITIVES - No to laxative additives

Report on the common position adopted by the Council with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners.

Procedure : Consultation procedure (2nd reading); Debate : 13.12.00

Reporting for the Environment Committee on a Council common position amending a 1995 directive authorising the use of several new additives such as hydrogen and zinc acetate (E949 and E650), Paul LANNOYE is opposed to permitting the use of sodium alginate (E401) in prepacked or unprocessed carrots on the grounds that it is only used to prevent the whitening of carrots and thus could mislead consumers. It also has a laxative effect. An amendment to delete it from the list of approved substances has therefore been tabled.

Mr Lannoye is also opposed to the authorisation of three gas propellants: butane, isobutane and propane (E9430, E9436 and E9444) on the grounds that insufficient information on potential dangers is known about them.

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