Food Law News - EU - 2003

EP Daily News, 3 July 2003

ADDITIVES - Food additives: EP for a slightly tougher policy

Report on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council directive amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners

Based on an informal agreement with the Council and the Commission, Parliament gave its backing to the Commission's proposal updating the directive governing all food additives other than colourings and sweeteners. Nevertheless, MEPs voted for a legislative resolution on additives to apply to flavourings, to ensure that additives cannot gain "back-door" entry to food by being incorporated in a flavouring (am. 22). Additionally, MEPs want to modify the technical annex which sets limits for various substances (am. 10, 16, 24 - 32). Most of the modifications further reduce limits foreseen by the Commission. The directive as amended by Parliament is expected to be accepted by the Council, a second reading is unlikely.

The call to re-examine of a couple of additives such as the frequently used nitrites and nitrates before July next year was rejected (am. 5, 14 rejected). Amendments forbidding the antibiotics nisin and natamycin which had been rejected by the Environment Committee before were not reintroduced at the plenary vote.

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