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May 21, 2018

EU Regulation n. 2018/681 - Food additives: modified purity requirements of the polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol additive copolymer (E 1209)

The European Commission has modified the purity requirements for ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol of the additive E 1209 graft copolymer of polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol.

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The European Commission, with the EU Regulation of 4 May 2018 n. 681, modified the Community legislation regulating the technical specifications of food additives, the purity requirements of additive E 1209 graft copolymer of polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol.

The Regulations come into force on May 27, 2018.

Provisions envisaged by EU Regulation no. 2018/681

In view of the fact that:

  • the legislation that regulates food additives, provides for the possibility of being able to modify the technical specifications of said products, on the basis of a specific request from the manufacturer;
  • the food additive E 1209 graft copolymer of polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol was authorized:

-) according to the relative technical specifications;
-) to be used in food supplements in solid form, including capsules, tablets and the like except chewing tablets, in a maximum quantity of 100 000 mg / kg;

  • an application was made to amend the purity requirements for ethylene glycol and diethyleneglycol which the additive in question must possess to be marketed;
  • the European Food Safety Authority, in response to the request received, carried out a specific assessment concluding that the proposed modifications to the food additive in question do not present any safety problems;

the European Commission, with the Regulation in question, in modifying the provisions concerning the specifications of food additives has:

  • changed the purity requirements referring to ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol with the indication of ethylene cliche (mono- and di-);
  • modified the maximum permitted amount of "equal or less than 50 mg / kg" related to ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol with "not more than 400 mg / kg (singly or in combination)" of the substance ethylene cliche (mono- and di- ).