Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2015

Council Minutes, 22 October 2015

FLAVOURINGS - Removal of a flavouring substance from the list of approved substances: Council discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting:

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation removing the flavouring substance p-mentha-1,8-dien-7-al from the list of flavourings approved for use in and on foods in the EU (12626/15).

The Commission drafted the regulation following the evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of new data. In its scientific opinion of 24 June 2015 EFSA concluded that p-mentha-1,8-dien-7-al is genotoxic in vivo and that its use as a flavouring substance raises a safety concern.

The Commission regulation is subject to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny. This means that now that the Council has given its consent, the Commission may adopt it, unless the European Parliament objects.

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