Removal of flavouring substance from EU list

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

EU Member States have voted  in favour of removing the flavouring substance 4,5-epoxydec-2(trans)-enal (FL 16.071) from the EU list of authorised flavouring substances set out in Annex I of Regulation 1334/2008/EC.  This follows on from the safety assessment of the substance by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which was published on 4 May 2017 .  In this assessment, EFSA concluded that 4,5-epoxydec-2(trans)-enal  raises a safety concern with respect to genotoxicity (damaging to DNA).   There will be no transitional period laid down for removal of this substance from the market. The Regulation on this measure is proposed for adoption on the 11th of July and will be published in the Official Journal on the 12th of July. The substance has been reported to be used in the following food categories: dairy products, edible ices, meat and meat products including poultry and game, ready-to-eat savouries, non-alcoholic beverages and spices, soups and sauces.  Under the traceability systems in place, food business operators should contact their suppliers and ensure that they are not using this flavouring substance in any formulations or premixes being supplied. 

[1] EFSA CEF Panel (EFSA Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings). Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 226 Revision 1 (FGE.226Rev1): consideration of genotoxicity data on one alpha, beta-unsaturated aldehyde from chemical subgroup 1.1.1(b) of FGE.19. EFSA Journal 2017;15(5):4847, 24 pp.