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January 26, 2018

EU Regulation n. 2018/97 - Food addittive: from 12 February 2018 the use of nine sweeteners in bakery products for special nutritional uses is prohibited

The European Commission, from February 12, 2018 has ordered the ban on the use in fine bakery products intended for special nutritional uses, of nine specific sweeteners.

IN DEPTH
The European Commission, with EU Regulation of 22 January 2018 n. 97, when amending the Community legislation regulating the production, marketing and use of food additives, ordered the deletion of the list of authorized food additives and their conditions of use, of nine sweeteners that could be used in fine bakery products for special nutritional uses.

The Regulation enters into force on 12 February 2018.

Provisions envisaged by EU Regulation no. 2018/97

In view of the fact that:

  • the use of sweeteners in bakery products for special nutritional uses has been authorized under the previous Community legislation on sweeteners for use in food products, now repealed;
  • in the Community legislation on foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses:

-) it was foreseen that in the group of foodstuffs related to bakery products for special nutritional uses there were also included foods intended for people suffering from a disrupted glucidic metabolism (diabetes);
-) established a common definition for food products intended for particular nutritional uses;
-) envisaged the possibility of being able to adopt specific provisions with regard to food intended for persons suffering from a disrupted glucidic metabolism (diabetes);

  • the Commission, faced with the aforementioned regulatory changes, has concluded that there is no scientific basis for food intended for people suffering from diabetes for the definition of specific compositional requirements for such foods;
  • the new Community legislation on foodstuffs for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes and substitutes for the entire daily diet for weight control, deleted the concept of food products intended for to a particular diet, including that of food intended for people suffering from a disrupted glucidic metabolism (diabetes);

the Commission, in modifying the list of authorized food additives and related conditions of use, has revoked starting from February 12, 2018, the authorization for use in bakery products for special nutritional uses of sweeteners:

  • E950 acesulfame K;
  • E951 aspartame;
  • E952 cyclic acid and its Na and Ca salts;
  • E954 saccharin and its Na, K and Ca salts;
  • E955 sucralose;
  • E959 neohesperidin DC;
  • E961 neotame;
  • E962 salt of aspartame-acesulfame;
  • E969 advantame.

Transitional provisions

The Regulation in question provides that fine bakery products intended for special nutritional uses containing the sweeteners in question placed legally on the market before 12 February 2018 may continue to be marketed until stocks are exhausted.