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April 01, 2019

EU Regulation n. 2019/387 - Extended authorization for the use of oil derived from Schizochytrium sp. also in the fruit / vegetable puree. The denomination to be included in the food products containing it has been modified

The European Commission, with the EU Regulation of 11 March 2019 n. 387, amended the Regulation that authorized, as a new food product, the oil derived from Schizochytrium sp., which:

  • can also be used in fruit and vegetable purée, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 100 mg / 100 g;
  • must be indicated on the label of food products that contain this substance, with the new name: "oil derived from the microalgae Schizochytrium sp", instead of "oil derived from the microalgae Schizochytrium sp. (ATCC PTA-9695) "as previously provided.

The Regulation applies from 1 April 2019.

Products in which oil derived from Schizochytrium sp. can be used

In addition to the fruit and vegetable purée, provided for in the regulation in question, the oil derived from Schizochytrium sp. is authorized to be used also:

  • in dairy products, excluding milk-based drinks, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g or in dairy products in a maximum concentration not exceeding 600 mg / 100 g;
  • in dairy products substitutes , excluding beverages, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g or in substitutes for dairy products in a maximum concentration not exceeding 600 mg / 100 g;
  • in spreadable fats and seasonings, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 600 mg / 100 g;
  • in breakfast cereals, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 500 mg / 100 g;
  • in food supplements, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 250 mg of DHA / day for the general population and 450 mg of DHA / day for women during pregnancy and lactation;
  • in the daily dietary substitutes for weight control, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 250 mg per meal;
  • in milk-based drinks and similar products intended for children in early childhood, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g;
  • in foods intended for people who make an intense muscular effort, especially for athletes, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g;
  • in gluten free or reduced content of gluten products, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g;
  • in foods for special medical purposes, in maximum concentration not exceeding the particular nutritional requirements of the persons for whom the products are intended;
  • in bakery products (bread, rolls and biscuits with added sweeteners), in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g;
  • in cereal bars, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 500 mg / 100 g;
  • in cooking fats, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 360 mg / 100 g;
  • in non-alcoholic beverages (including dairy products substitutes and milk-based drinks), in a maximum concentration not exceeding 80 mg / 100 ml;
  • in formulas for infants and continuation formulas, in a maximum concentration not exceeding that provided for by the reference legislation;
  • in processed cereal-based foods and foods for infants and young children, in a maximum concentration not exceeding 200 mg / 100 g.