European Food Safety Authority

Re-evaluation of xanthan gum (E 415) as a food additive

Re-evaluation of xanthan gum (E 415) as a food additive

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked to re-evaluate the safety of xanthan gum (E 415) when used as a food additive. Xanthan gum (E 415) is authorised as a food additive in the…

Safety of glutamates added to food

Safety of glutamates added to food

EFSA has established a safe intake level for glutamic acid and glutamates used as food additives after re-evaluating their safety. The Authority also concluded that estimated dietary exposure to glutamic acid and glutamates may exceed not only the safe level but also doses associated with adverse effects in humans…

Re-evaluation of konjac gum (E 425 i) and konjac glucomannan (E 425 ii)

Re-evaluation of konjac gum (E 425 i) and konjac glucomannan (E 425 ii)

The present opinion deals with the re-evaluation of konjac (E 425), comprising konjac gum (E 425 i) and konjac glucomannan (E 425 ii) when used as food additives. In the European Union (EU), konjac gum (E 425 i) and konjac glucomannan (E 425 ii) have been evaluated by the…

Re-evaluation of tara gum (E 417)

Re-evaluation of tara gum (E 417)

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked to re-evaluate the safety of tara gum (E 417) when used as a food additive. Tara gum (E 417) is authorised as a food additive in the…

EFSA confirms safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food

EFSA confirms safe levels for nitrites and nitrates added to food

Existing safe levels for nitrites and nitrates intentionally added to meat and other foods are sufficiently protective for consumers, EFSA has concluded after re-evaluating their safety. Consumer exposure to nitrites and nitrates as food additives is within safe levels for all population groups, except for a slight exceedance in…

Health claim: A fixed carbohydrate : protein ratio ≤ 1.8

Health claim: A fixed carbohydrate : protein ratio ≤ 1.8

Following an application from Marks and Spencer PLC, submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of the United Kingdom, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion…

Re-evaluation of tragacanth (E 413) as a food additive

Re-evaluation of tragacanth (E 413) as a food additive

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked to re-evaluate the safety of tragacanth (E 413) when used as a food additive. Tragacanth (E 413) is authorised as food additives in the European Union (EU…

Dietary reference values for vitamin K

Dietary reference values for vitamin K

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver a Scientific Opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for the European population, including vitamin K. Vitamin K represents a family of fat-soluble compounds with the common chemical structure…

Safety of cranberry extract powder as a novel food ingredient

Safety of cranberry extract powder as a novel food ingredient

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on cranberry extract powder as a novel food (NF) ingredient submitted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 258/971 of the European Parliament and of the Council, taking…

Curcumin and normal functioning of joints: evaluation of a health claim

Curcumin and normal functioning of joints: evaluation of a health claim

Following an application from Suomen Terveysravinto Oy, submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of Finland, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific…

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