Food Law News - EU - 2001
FSA Letter, January 2001
ADDITIVES - 3rd Amendment to Directive 95/2/EC on Food Additives other than Colours and Sweeteners
Further to an FSA letter of 2 May 2000, a Directive amending Council Directive 95/2/EC for the third time was adopted at the Council of Ministers (ECOFIN) on Friday 19 January 2001. The formal text will shortly be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities and will be based on Doc. PE-CONS 3666/00 DENLEG 68 CODEC 1065
You will wish to note the following in the adopted text:
- the inclusion of E 949 hydrogen as a packaging gas in Annex I (a UK request);
- the inclusion of the three propellant gases (E 943a butane, E 943b isobutane, and E 944 propane) in vegetable oil pan sprays and water-based emulsion sprays in Annex IV (a UK request);
- the deletion of a French request in the Commission's original proposal for sodium alginate (E 401) in Annex II for use in prepacked peeled and/or cut unprocessed carrots; and
- the deletion of the proposed addition of E 467 ethyl hydroxyethyl cellulose to the additives in Annex I, pending its re-evaluation by the Scientific Committee on Food.
Member States have eighteen months after the Directive has come into force to implement its provisions into national legislation, but we intend to implement it into UK law as quickly as possible to enable industry and consumers to benefit from the changes. To this end, Food Standards Agency lawyers are drawing up regulations amending the Miscellaneous Food Additives Regulations 1995 (as amended) which we will circulate for comment within the next few weeks.
See also: 19 January 2001
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