Food Improvement Agents

Food Improvement Agents

Food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings are also known as "food improvement agents".

Why add food additives, enzymes and flavourings to food?

  • Among others, food additives preserve, colour and stabilise food during its production, packaging or storage.

  • Enzymes have specific biochemical actions which serve technological purposes at any stage of the food chain

  • Flavourings give or change the odour or taste to food


To ensure the business continuity during the COVID-19 outbreak any data (e.g. applications, replies to DG SANTE calls for data related to the follow-up on the safety re-evaluation of food additives) should be submitted to the Commission by using the online platform CIRCABC. These measures will remain in place until further notice. No parallel or later submission of the same data in a physical medium (as well as paper copies) is required.

For more information please see the section "Common Authorisation Procedure"