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Pregunta parlamentaria - E-004484/2011(ASW)Pregunta parlamentaria
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    Answer given by Mr Dalli on behalf of the Commission

    The ferrocyanides, sodium ferrocyanide (E 535), potassium ferrocyanide (E 536) and calcium ferrocyanide (E 538) are authorised for use as anti-caking agents in salt and salt substitutes up to 20 mg/kg salt in accordance with Directive 95/2/EC[1] on food additives other than colours and sweeteners.

    The United Kingdom has implemented all aspects of this directive. The use of potassium ferrocyanide (E 536) in salt and salt substitutes at a maximum level of 20 mg/kg salt is therefore permitted in the UK, in contrast to what is claimed in the question.

    In 1991 the Scientific Committee on Food set an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 0.025 mg/kg body weight. This ADI can only be reached by consuming 75 g salt (adult) or 19 g salt (15 kg child). This is not possible with a normal diet.

    Taking into account the limited use of the potassium ferrocyanide and the limited exposure of the consumer to it when used in salt, the Commission does not intend to prohibit this food additive.

    OJ C 314 E, 27/10/2011