Food Law News - EU - 1996
17 September 1996: EXTRACTION SOLVENTS - Proposed revision to Directive on Extraction Solvents
MAFF Letter, 17 September 1996
Proposed revision to Directive on Extraction Solvents
The Commission has published proposals to amend Directive 88/344 on Extraction Solvents used in the Production of Food stuffs and Food Ingredients.
The proposed text would make the following amendments to the Directive:
- provide for the amendment of the conditions of use and maximum residue levels for permitted extraction solvents to be made by the Commission following the procedure laid down in Article 6 of the Directive (i.e. involving the Standing Committee for Foodstuffs);
- remove butyl acetate and methyl-propanol-1 from the list of permitted extraction solvents;
- allow the use of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluroethane for the preparation of flavourings from natural flavouring materials;
- reduce the maximum residue level for hexane resulting from its use in the production or fractionation of fats and oils and production of cocoa butter (from 5 mg/kg to 1 mg/kg)
The proposal is based on Article 100a of the Treaty and subject to the co-decision procedure. The Commission hopes to reach a Common Position by December 1996.
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