Re-evaluation

Re-evaluation

Food additives permitted before 20 January 2009 must go through a new risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 set up a programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008.

Deadlines for re-evaluation:

Most food colours by the end of 2011 (closed)
Aspartame by November 2013 (closed) - NB: this re-evaluation was advanced due to the publication of new scientific data
Remaining colours by the end of 2015 (closed)
Preservatives, antioxidants, glutamates, silicon dioxide by the end of 2015-2016
Other sweeteners by the end of 2020
All other additives by the end of 2018

State of play of the re-evaluation of safety of permitted food additives by EFSA as of 20 July 2018:

  • 316 food additives approved before 20 January 2009 to be re-evaluated by EFSA
  • 104 scientific opinions published by EFSA on the re-evaluation of the safety of food additives, covering 175 individual food additives
  • 141 food additives still to be re-evaluated by EFSA before 31 December 2020

Summary table of permitted food additives and status of their re-evaluation by EFSA (status as of 20 July 2018).

Approach for the follow-up of EFSA’s scientific opinions on the re-evaluation of the safety of permitted food additives for which some concerns have been identified.


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Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of starch sodium octenyl succinate (E 1450) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of sodium carboxymethylcellulose (E 466) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of pectin (E440i) and amidated pectin (E 440ii) as food additives - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of xanthan gum (E 415) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of guar gum (E 412) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of locust bean gum (E 410)  as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of lecithins (E 322)  as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of indigotine, indigo carmine (E 132) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of silver (E 174) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of gold (E 175) as a food additive - CALL OPEN

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinions on the re-evaluation of propyl gallate (E 310), octyl gallate (E 311) and dodecyl gallate (E 312) as food additives - CALL CLOSED

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinions on the re-evaluation of E 140(i) chlorophylls, E 140(ii) chlorophyllins, E 141(i) copper complexes of chlorophylls and E 141(ii) copper complexes of chlorophyllins as food additives - CALL CLOSED

Follow-up of EFSA's scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of titanium dioxide (E 171) as a food additive - CALL CLOSED

Follow-up of EFSA’s scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of iron oxides and hydroxides (E 172) as food additives - CALL CLOSED

Follow-up of EFSA’s scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of sulphur dioxide (E 220), sodium sulphite (E 221), sodium bisulphite (E 222), sodium metabisulphite (E 223), potassium metabisulphite (E 224), calcium sulphite (E 226), calcium bisulphite (E 227) and potassium bisulphite (E 228) as food additive - CALL CLOSED

Follow-up of EFSA’s scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of sorbic acid (E 200), potassium sorbate (E 202) and calcium sorbate (E 203) as food additives - CALL CLOSED