Food Additive

EU food producers have six months to phase out the use of titanium dioxide. Pic: GettyImages/UltimaSperanza

The countdown to phase out E171 in EU foods has begun

By Gill Hyslop

Titanium dioxide (E171) - a popular additive that confers a bright white shade to frosting and cake decorations - has been banned as a food additive in the EU, with a six-month phasing out period coming into force this month (January 2022) after which...

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Finnish food additive intake within safe limits: Evira

By Niamh Michail

The Finnish population intake of food additives is mostly within safe limits – but food manufacturers should nevertheless try to lower additive levels where possible according to a report by Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira.

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Are you compliant with Turkey's new food labelling laws?

By Niamh Michail

Turkish regulators are helping manufacturers comply with new rules on food labelling that ban terms such as 'real' or 'genuine' and prevent firms from making additive-specific free-from claims, such as 'No palm oil'.

How do consumers choose ice cream? GNT Group has studied the reasons, and come up with the top five factors that affect the decision.

Top five factors when consumers buy ice cream

By Jim Cornall

Using worldwide consumer surveys, GNT Group, the Dutch global provider of food coloring concentrates, has put together the top five factors consumers are interested in when it comes to buying ice cream.

Baked goods are a top source of curcumin for European children

EFSA reassesses European curcumin exposure levels


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reassessed exposure to curcumin and found consumption is lower than previously thought – although some children consume close to the acceptable daily intake (ADI).

There have been 34 RASFF notifications for German poultry meat and products since 2011

Sampling and follow-up shortcomings in poultry meat audit

By Joseph James Whitworth

Official controls on poultry meat and products in Germany are largely met but deficiencies are found around sampling and reactions to positive results, according to a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) audit.

No health risks from Sunset Yellow at current usage levels, says EFSA

EFSA declares Sunset Yellow safe and ups ADI

By Oliver Nieburg

Current industry uses of food additive Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) are not a safety concern, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which has upped the acceptable daily intake for the color.

Siveele works with a range oif additives, including nisin

China invests in Dutch additives firm Siveele

By Rod Addy

Dutch food additives firm Siveele will benefit from considerable investment in the business from Chinese manufacturer Pangbo Biological Engineering, with preservatives being one focus for future development.

Phosphate replacers are derived from crops such as maize and tapioca

U&S develops clean label replacers for fish

By Sarah Hills

Ulrick & Short (U&S) has introduced a range of clean label products for seafood processors looking to replace phosphates and artificial additives with more natural ingredients.

Commission mulls adopting flavourings list - but some data still unavailable

Dispatches from European Flavour Association conference

Commission mulls adopting flavourings list - but some data still unavailable

By Jess Halliday in Brussels

Flavour companies must provide data to EFSA to allow it to complete the safety reassessments for some 400 outstanding flavour substances already used in the EU by 2014, DG Sanco has stressed; meanwhile, solutions are sought as to how the list of approved...

Spirulina faces legal questions

Spirulina faces legal questions

By Elaine Watson

Spirulina, the blue colour from algae used in Nestlé’s Smarties, is one of 10 substances used to colour food that faces an uncertain future as its legal status is scrutinised.


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