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May 1, 2013
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On April 30, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Review of the existing MRLs for dimethenamid-P.

May 1, 2013
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On April 30, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance pyroxsulam.

April 26, 2013
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On April 25, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs in bifenox.

April 26, 2013
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On April 26, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the review of the existing MRLs in propamocarb.

April 25, 2013
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On April 24, 2013, the European Commission announced an update to its document, “Practical guidance for applicants on the submission of applications on food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings.”

Information on applying for an authorization of food additives, food enzymes, and flavorings may be found in the Food and Feed Safety  section of the European Commission's website.  

The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database

April 23, 2013
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On April 23, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) published a Scientific Opinion titled “Scientific Opinion on the re-evaluation of anthocyanins (E 163) as a food additive.”

Anthocyanins are a large group of water-soluble plant pigments and are authorized as food additives in the EU. This scientific assessment re-evaluates the health safety of their use.

EFSA also recently published a report titled “Analysis of needs in post-market monitoring of food additives and preparatory work for future projects in this field”.  The report details analysis methods for prioritized food additives (sweeteners and food colors) in various foods.

The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database

April 23, 2013
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On April 18, 2013 the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for tricyclazole in rice in which EFSA concludes that an import tolerance request is not sufficiently supported by data.

April 22, 2013
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On April 19, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Scientific Opinion on Flavoring Group Evaluation 63, Revision 2 (FGE.63Rev2). The opinion concerns a group of 20 aliphatic secondary alcohols, ketones and related esters. 

The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database, though flavorings do not fall within the scope of the database.

April 9, 2013
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On April 5, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a technical report titled "Dietary exposure to aluminium-containing food additives".

Following a request by the European Commission (EC), EFSA carried out a dietary exposure assessment to support the EC in preparing an EU position concerning five aluminum-containing food additives in the General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) being discussed at the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) held from March 18-22, 2013. The five relevant additives are: aluminium ammonium sulphate, sodium aluminium phosphates (acidic and basic), sodium aluminosilicate, calcium aluminium silicate, and aluminium silicate. 

EFSA also recently published two Scientific Opinions on Flavouring Group Evaluations 305 (FGE.305) and 208 (FGE.208).

The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database

April 8, 2013
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April 6, 2013, the European Union's MRL amendment Commission Regulation (EU) No 293/2013 entered into force.  This regulation raises MRLs for the following active ingredients: emamectin benzoate, etofenprox, etoxazole, flutriafol, glyphosate, phosmet, pyraclostrobin, spinosad and spirotetramat.

Relevant changes have been made to www.mrldatabase.com

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