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Parliamentary questions
30 November 2017
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Jens Rohde (ALDE)

 Subject:  Approval of smoke flavouring

The current Regulation (EU) No 2065/2003 on smoke flavourings used or intended for use in or on foods, describes a test series prior to approval in order to demonstrate that the smoke flavour product is not toxic nor mutagenic.

The tests described in Regulation No 2065/2003, and the EFSA instructions on this, are based on smoke flavourings as water soluble.

When carrying out the abovementioned test series, the product has to be concentrated to find the concentration that is expected to be poisonous or carcinogenic.

Smoke flavourings developed by new production methods, where products dissolve in rapeseed oil, cannot be tested in accordance with the applicable legislation and EFSA instructions, because the products cannot be concentrated, as they are dissolved in oil. Therefore, it can never be toxic enough for tests to reveal any reaction.

Using new production methods without smoking can prove to be significantly cleaner than the traditional production method, reducing the smoke constituents by using smoke flavours. The use of smoke flavouring allows the use of a production method that offers much higher yield and much lower CO2.

What does the Commission consider could be done in respect of the above issue in order for oil-based smoke flavourings to be approved?

Does the Commission consider that the current regulation allows for innovation and new production methods to be developed?

Original language of question: DA 
Dernière mise à jour: 14 décembre 2017Avis juridique