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 5 March 2018:
- 316 food additives approved before 20 January 2009 to be re-evaluated by EFSA
- 99 scientific opinions published by EFSA on the re-evaluation of the safety of food additives, covering 169 individual food additives
- 147 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 5 March 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.