The agency has invited manufacturers of food additives, flavourings, and extraction solvents, and brand owners who use such ingredients to comment on proposed the new regulations in England.
These may help to provide future European Commission (EC) regulations that establish an EU list of food additives, an EU list of food additives approved for use in food additives, food enzymes, food flavourings and nutrients and set down specifications for the food additives in those lists.
The proposed regulations would also amend the Extraction Solvents in Food Regulations 1993 and could allow for dimethyl ether to be included in the list of permitted extraction solvents.
The FSA said the purpose of its consultation is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on “the provisions of the proposed regulations and the associated EU legislation.”
The agency noted that separate consultations will be carried out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on draft national regulations for each country.
Responses to the consultation are required by the end of 15 February 2012.