Food Law News - EU - 1998

14 May 1998: ADDITIVES - Proposed Amendment to the Flavouring Directive (88/388/EEC)

MAFF/DoH Letter, 14 May 1998

Proposed Amendment to the Flavouring Directive (88/388/EEC)

The Commission has circulated a second draft of a proposal to amend Council Directive 88/388/EEC on the Approximation of the Laws of the Member States Relating to Flavourings for Use in Foodstuffs and to Source Materials for their Production. The proposal amends Article 1 of the Directive 88/388 to update the definition of “process flavouring”. It also amends Annex II to reduce the maximum levels of coumarin allowed in foodstuffs following the advice on the safety of coumarin from the Scientific Committee on Food.

The only difference between this and the earlier draft of the proposal concerns the entry for coumarin in the Annex which, in response to comments from member states, has been amended to delete the exceptions for caramel confectionery and chewing gum and to set a maximum level of 5 mg/kg in alcoholic drinks.

This latest proposal is to be discussed at the next meeting of the Additives Working Group on 2 June.

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