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This article was published in World Food Regulation Review, October 2021, p.29-34.

Early September, food additive risk managers from record-breaking 85 participating countries attend­ed the 52nd session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives (CCFA52) through electronic means (called “virtual meeting”), after three successive postponements in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19

The EFSA recently gave its updated conclusions on the titanium dioxide (E171) food additive. The results were a reassessment of the EFSA’s safety conclusions which were published on June 28, 2016 (which were themselves a reassessment of the EFSA’s original 2009 assessment). The most recent appraisal took into consideration new data that have been discovered

The report finds that official controls in EU Member States on feed additives and their pre-mixtures, function largely well in context of the established risk-based control systems. However, it also outlines some areas for improvement such as the assessment of feed business operators’ hazard analysis and critical control points’ systems, the assessment of  operators’ tests 

This article was published on Food Navigator on the 6th of August.

What does the EC’s fitness and performance check on Nutrition and Health Claims regulation suggest?

On 20 May 2020, the European Commission completed the REFIT [1] Evaluation of the Regulation (EC) n°1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health claims (the NHCR). Even though the

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This article was first published in the World Food Regulation Review January 2020, Vol. 29, Number 8

This article explains the main topics discussed by 400+ global food safety and nutrition regulators during the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU41) in Düsseldorf from 24 to 29 November 2019.

 

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Yesterday, the 41st session of the Codex alimentarius Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU41) started  in Dusseldorf (Germany).  The meeting was preceded by a working group to finalise recommendations to the plenary on a mechanism for future inclusion of food additives in “baby – and other special dietary uses – foods”

Katia Merten-Lentz and Caroline Commandeur of international law firm Keller and Heckman look at how member states are moving to define, in legal terms, what “clean labelling” is, and the consequences of defining it.

In order to meet consumer expectation for more transparency and clarity in the labelling of foodstuffs, agri-food manufacturers have been

As ‘clean’ eating has become more desirable, food manufacturers have re-assessed how they are labelling their foods in a bid to boost the appeal of their products. This includes manufacturers replacing additives (‘E numbers’) with ‘natural’ ingredients that have the same function. It’s easy to understand the attractiveness of such a swap, but to be

The blurred boundary between dyes and ingredients that can be used to add color to consumable products

Ingredients that offer ‘natural’ coloring properties can present a tempting alternative to ‘chemical’ colorings for food manufacturers. For example, using ingredients such as turmeric or beetroot juice, can potentially bypass the need for ‘chemical’ yellow or pink dyes.