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June 4, 2013
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On June 4, 2013, the European Commission published two amendments to the EU's food additive regulations.  Commission Regulation (EU) No 509/2013  amends Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 regarding the use of several additives in certain alcoholic beverages.  Commission Regulation (EU) 510/2013 amends Regulation (EC) 1333/2008 regarding the use of iron oxides and hydroxides, hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose, and polysorbates for marking certain fruits.

Both amendments will enter into force on June 24, 2013.  The International Food Additive Database will be updated to include these amendments once they are in effect. 

June 3, 2013
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The European Union's new food additive regulations entered into force on June 1, 2013.  The new regulations contain updated lists of authorized food additives and maximum use levels.  As of June 1, Annex II of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1129/2011 replaced Annex II of the previous food additive regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008.

The International Food Additive Database has been updated to include the new EU regulations.

June 1, 2013
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On May 31, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance disodium phosphonate.

June 1, 2013
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On May 28, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Review of the existing MRLs for cyanamide. 

June 1, 2013
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On May 28, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Review of the existing MRLs for guazatine

May 31, 2013
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According to this EFSA news announcement, EFSA has called for scientific data from Member States and stakeholders relating to its ongoing re-evaluations of food additives. Under European Commission Regulation 1333/2008, EFSA is set to re-evaluate hundreds of food additives by 2020. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducts re-evaluations of food additives to assess potential risks to consumer health.  The call for data may be found here.

Further information on food additive assessments may be found on EFSA's Food Additives page. The European Union's food additive use regulations are included in the International Food Additive Database.

May 30, 2013
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On May 30, 2013, the European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) No 497/2013, which amends Regulation (EU) No 231/2013 regarding specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008.   The amendment contains revisions to the specification standards for several food additives, and it will enter into force on June 19, 2013. 

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

May 29, 2013
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May 29, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Modification of MRLs for indoxacarb in various salad plants and in spinach-like plants.

May 29, 2013
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May 29, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Reasoned opinion on the modification of the existing MRL for tebuconazole in poppy seed.

May 29, 2013
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May 29, 2013, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published Setting of an import tolerance for didecyldimethylammonium chloride in citrus.

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