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Food additives re-evaluated - EUbusiness Week newsletter 551


17-11-2011

EUbusiness Week 551 top stories: EU keeps up pressure on Italian, Greek administrations; States angry over cuts of nuclear, satellite projects; Europe sets rules for airport body scanners; EU sounds cry of alarm over resistance to antibiotics; Europe switches to self-extinguishing cigarettes; French arthouse movie scoops EU film prize

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU keeps up pressure on Italian, Greek administrations
2. States angry over cuts of nuclear, satellite projects
3. Europe sets rules for airport body scanners
4. EU sounds cry of alarm over resistance to antibiotics
5. Europe switches to self-extinguishing cigarettes
6. EU drugs watchdog warns of 'legal highs' surge

Publisher's Note

The Commission this week adopted two pieces of legislation to make use of additives in food safer and more transparent.

The regulations establish two lists. The first, on additives in food, available online, is to help consumers, the food industry and control authorities easily identify which additives are authorised in a particular foodstuff. It will apply in June 2013. The second regards additives in food ingredients, such as enzymes, flavourings and nutrients.

Meanwhile, the European Food Safety Authority must re-evaluate all additives - evaluations which often date back to the 80s, 90s or even the 70s - by 2020. We look forward to the results. If we're still around, that is.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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