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April 4, 2013
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On April 4, 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 microcrystalline wax (E 905) as a food additive.”

Microcrystalline wax is authorized for use as a surface treatment on specific goods in the EU. This scientific assessment re-evaluates the health safety of its use.

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

March 21, 2013
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On March 20, 2013, the European Union published Commission Regulation (EU) No 256/2013, which approves sodium ascorbate for use as an antioxidant in vitamin D preparations that are intended for use in infant formulae and follow-on formulae.

The EU's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. However, the database includes regulations on additive use in foods, not, as in this case, carryover residues from use in other additives.

March 20, 2013
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The European Union has adopted Commission Regulation (EU) No 241/2013. This regulation puts into effect MRLs to address new and changed pesticide uses for various commodities. MRLs are amended for the active ingredients prohexadione, chlorantraniliprole, and fludioxonil. These changes go into effect on March 20, 2013.

Relevant changes are displayed in www.mrldatabase.com.

March 20, 2013
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On March 19, 2013, the European Union published Commission Regulation (EU) No 244/2013, which approves tricalcium phosphate for use as an anti-caking agent in nutrient preparations that are intended for use in infant formulae and follow-on formulae.

The EU's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database. However, the database includes regulations on additive use in foods, not, as in this case, carryover residues from use in other additives.

March 13, 2013
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The European Union has adopted Commission Regulation (EU) No 212/2013. This regulation amends the list of food and feed products to which EU MRLs apply. New fruits, vegetables, and cereals that have recently become available in the European market have been added to this list. The EU has also included the Latin names for several existing commodities, providing clarification with regard to international taxonomy.

Relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com at the beginning of April when this regulation enters into force.

March 12, 2013
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On March 12, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a Scientific Opinion titled "Statement on a refined dietary exposure assessment of erythritol (E 968) taking into account additional data provided".  This scientific assessment considered a proposed use of the food additive erythritol in beverages.

Also on March 12, EFSA published a Scientific Opinion titled "Statement on the exposure assessment of sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate and calcium stearoyl-2-lactylate including exposure resulting from extension of the authorisation of sodium stearoyl-2-lactylates".  The scientific assessment included an extension of the uses of the additives for use in emulsified cooked meat products (e.g. mortadella, paté).

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

March 4, 2013
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On March 1, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published an External Scientific Report entitled "Review of data on the food additive aspartame", which was undertaken to support EFSA's re-evaluation of the safety of the additive.

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

March 1, 2013
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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) recently published a report entitled "Scientific Opinion on the Re-evaluation of Patent Blue V (E 131) as a Food Additive".  Patent Blue V is a permitted food color in the EU; the report re-evaluates the health safety of its use.

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

January 30, 2013
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The European Union has adopted Commission Regulation (EU) No 35/2013. This regulation puts into effect MRLs to address new and changed pesticide uses for various commodities. MRLs are amended for the active ingredients dimethomorph, indoxacarb, pyraclostrobin, and trifloxystrobin. These changes go into effect on February 15, 2013.

Relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com mid-February, upon entry into force.

January 30, 2013
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The European Union has adopted Commission Regulation (EU) No 34/2013. This regulation puts into effect MRLs to address new and changed pesticide uses for various commodities.

MRLs are amended for the following active ingredients: ametoctradin, Aureobasidium pullulans strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941, cyproconazole, difenoconazole, dithiocarbamates, folpet, propamocarb, spinosad, spirodiclofen, tebufenpyrad and tetraconazole. These changes entered into force on January 27, 2013.

Relevant changes will appear in www.mrldatabase.com by the end of the week.

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