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October 19, 2018

EU Regulation n. 2018/1482 - Food flavorings: definitively confirmed the use of caffeine and theobromine drugs in certain food categories

The European Commission has definitively confirmed the use of caffeine in dairy products and similar products, in ice cream, confectionery and soft drinks and the theobromine substance in dairy products and similar products and in non-alcoholic beverages, according to the concentrations provided therein. .

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The European Commission, with EU Regulation of 4 October 2018 n. 1482 amended the Community legislation governing flavorings and some food ingredients with flavoring properties intended for use in and on foods, definitively confirming the use of two substances in certain categories of food products.


Provisions envisaged by EU Regulation no. 2018/1482

The sight of the fact that:

  • the caffeine and theobromine substances have previously been provisionally authorized in certain categories of food;
  • the Food Safety Authority has completed the safety assessment of these substances, concluding that their use as flavoring substances does not raise safety concerns based on estimated levels of intake for certain categories of food. Conditions of use already established in the Union list can therefore be maintained;

the European Commission has definitively confirmed the use:

  • of caffeine in:

-) milk products and similar products, in a concentration not exceeding 70 mg / kg;
-) in ice cream, in a concentration not exceeding 70 mg / kg;
-) in confectionery products, in a concentration not exceeding 100 mg / kg;
-) in non-alcoholic beverages, in a concentration not exceeding 150 mg / kg;

  • of theobromine in:

-) milk products and similar products, in a concentration not exceeding 70 mg / kg;
-) in non-alcoholic beverages, in a concentration not exceeding 100 mg / kg.