EFSA’s Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources has published scientific opinions on the re-evaluation of:

  • ascorbic acid (vitamin C, E300)
  • calcium and sodium ascorbates (E301 and E302)
  • chlorophyllins (E140(ii))
  • chlorophylls (E140(i))
  • dodecyl gallate (E312)

There were no safety concerns raised over the food additive use of ascorbic acid and its sodium and calcium salts, and EFSA considered that a numerical acceptable daily intake (ADI) was not necessary. Reported use levels of chlorophylls were similarly not of concern. The available data were insufficient to conclude on the safety of chlorophyllins and dodecyl gallate.

In another report, data were considered too limited to support a change in the specification of hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC, E464) that would increase the limit on levels of residual propylene chlorhydrins (1-chloro-2-propanol and 2-chloro-1-propanol) from 0.1 to 1.0 mg/kg.

European Food Safety Authority. Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources (ANS).

Scientific opinions on the re-evaluation of:

Ascorbic acid (E 300), sodium ascorbate (E 301) and calcium ascorbate (E 302) as food additives.

Chlorophyllins (E 140(ii)) as food additives.

Chlorophylls (E 140(i)) as food additives.

Dodecyl gallate (E 312) as a food additive.

Scientific opinion on the safety of a change in specifications for the food additive hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (E 464).

EFSA Journal 2015, 13(5), 4085-9. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/publications.htm?entity=fip


The above items were taken from the June 2015 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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