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Food Safety

Flavourings are products added to food in order to impart or modify odour and/or taste. EU legislation defines several types of flavourings:

  • flavouring substances

  • flavouring preparations

  • thermal process flavourings

  • smoke flavourings

  • flavour precursors

  • other flavourings

The EU Rules on flavourings and certain food ingredients with flavouring properties ensure the effective functioning of the internal market whilst ensuring a high level of protection of human health and a high level of consumer protection.

Further information

EU Lists of Flavourings

The EU list of flavouring substances which can be used in food.

EU Rules

General requirements for safe use of flavourings and definitions for different types of flavourings.