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 7 March 2017:
- 316 food additives approved before 20 January 2009 to be re-evaluated by EFSA
- 77 scientific opinions published by EFSA on the re-evaluation of the safety of food additives, covering 112 individual food additives
- 204 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 7 March 2017).
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.
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
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 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 titanium dioxide (E 171) as a food additive - CALL OPEN