21 Jan 2014
EU authorised list of smoke flavouring primary products
Regulation (EU) No 1321/20131 was published on 10 December 2013 establishing the list of the smoke flavouring primary products authorised to the exclusion of all others in the European Union (EU) for use in or on foods and/or for the production of derived smoke flavourings.
Smoke flavouring primary products are produced from smoke which is purified to produce these flavourings. They are regulated separately from other flavourings as they consist of complex mixtures of substances derived from specific processes to obtain this type of flavour. Conditions of the production are controlled including maximum levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which give rise to different safety issues. The use of smoke flavourings is considered a lower health concern than the traditional smoking process.
Regulation European Commission (EC) No 2065/20032 lays down the procedure for the evaluation and authorisation of smoke flavouring primary products. The Authority has evaluated only 11 of 14 primary products that were considered as valid applications. Moreover each authorisation may be subject for evaluation of specific conditions of use. Ten evaluated applications have been authorized after completion of the evaluation. The regulation authorisation should be valid throughout the Community for 10 years and should be renewable for 10 years period on application to the Commission by the authorisation holder, at latest 18 months before the expiry date of the authorisation.
The list of the smoke flavouring primary products authorised to the exclusion of all others in the Union for use in or on foods or for the production of derived smoke flavourings, as referred to in Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 2065/2003, is laid down in the Annex to the Regulation (EU) No 1321/2013. The authorised ten smoke flavouring primary products that can be used in food and each authorised primary product should provide a unique product code, the name of the product, the name and address of the authorization holder, a description and characterization of the product, the conditions of its use including maximum levels in or on specific foods or food categories, the date from which the product is authorised and the date until which the product is authorised. The purpose of this Regulation should be referred to the food categories as laid down in Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/20083 on food additive.
The list of the authorised smoke flavourings took effect from 1 January 2014.
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