EuropaBio welcomes the package of proposals for new legislation on food additives, flavourings and enzymes.

02.11.2006

EuropaBio welcomes the package of proposals for new legislation on food additives, flavourings and enzymes.

EuropaBio, the European Association for the Bioindustries, welcomes the Commission's proposals for Regulations on Food Additives [COM (2006) 428 final], Food Enzymes [COM (2006) 425 final], Food Flavourings [COM (2006) 427 final] and a Common Authorisation Procedure [COM (2006) 423 final], which seek to streamline EU legislation with regard to the safety requirements for food improvement agents.

EuropaBio, and especially its Industrial Biotechnology Council, supports the positions taken by the Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Enzyme Products (AMFEP)1 and the Federation of European Food Additives, Food Enzymes and Food Cultures Industries (ELC)2 in this field.

In particular, we strongly support the Commission’s proposal to introduce Comitology as the new authorisation procedure for Food Additives, Food Enzymes and Food Flavourings. Comitology is widely accepted as the most effective procedure for adopting technical amendments to EU legislation. In fact, food additives legislation is currently the only area of food law where the approval for use of a substance requires the co-decision procedure. Updating the positive list of approved food additives can, at present, take several years due to the length of the co-decision procedure (this applies to both newly approved food additives and the withdrawal of authorisation of food additives).

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