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EPA Technical Meeting 10 October 2006 Brussels. Draft Regulation on food additives Purity criteria Allergen labelling Nutrition & Health Claims Feed additives.

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1 EPA Technical Meeting 10 October 2006 Brussels

2 Draft Regulation on food additives Purity criteria Allergen labelling Nutrition & Health Claims Feed additives

3 Draft Regulation Food Additives FIA package proposals adopted on 28 July Proposed ELC strategy First reading in the EP: SUPPORT the Commission proposals (comitology!) Council: lobby for technical amendments

4 Draft Regulation Food Additives Introduction of new criteria « reduced in sugars » for polyols used as sweeteners Caobisco support Caobisco meeting 4 September – Sanco (« Caobisco supports EPA » + includes EPA position paper) Caobisco experts meeting 13 September with EPA and ISA Consultation of other food users: EDA (dairy) on-going

5 Draft Regulation Food Additives When will polyols be allowed in confectionery and fine bakery wares reduced in sugars? no amendment to the Sweeteners Directive if change in the legislation, should be part of the first legislative proposal to amend the criteria for use of polyols under the future Regulation on food additives, provided: the Regulation is designed accordingly immediate lobby on FIAP Review of the FCS? Sanco should keep our request in mind continue lobby with Caobisco next year MS agree with this extension of use!

6 Draft Regulation Food Additives Essential amendment to FIAP supported by EPA « reduced in sugars » Article 3 – definitions Article 6 – specific conditions for sweeteners « food reduced in sugars shall mean a food where the total reduction in content of monosaccharides and disaccharides is at least 30 % compared to a similar product ». TM proposal: « foods reduced in sugar » are those foods that are eligible to make such claim under the reference to the Health Claims Regulation ». Same approach for « WNAS » etc?

7 Draft Regulation Food Additives Included in the ELC consolidated list of amendments: Presented to CIAA on 26 Sept: uncertain outcome (against sugar industrys interests) Presented to Sanco on 27 Sept: not opposed if supported by MS Need for strong industry lobby towards MS, based on examples =EPA action? General lobby on FIAP : possible action of EPA members towards their representatives in the Council?

8 Draft Regulation Food Additives Review of the Food Categorisation System WG meeting with Sanco, 6 MS, CIAA and ELC on 23 October Basis: likely the GSFA CIAA FCS – « WNAS : with no added sugars » Question for EPA: do we need a general category « reduced in sugars »?

9 Draft Regulation Food Additives Indicative time-table First reading in the EP: discussion to start end 2006 – early 2007? Lead EP Ctte: ENVI Other Cttees: ITRE (IMCO, AGRI) Rapporteur ENVI on additives and CAP: A. Westlund (PES) Shadow CAP: H. Schnellhard (PPE) Shadow additives: D. Murko (ALDE) Rapporteur ENVI on flavourings: D. Murko (ALDE) Rapporteur ENVI on enzymes: PPE (Mrs Ayuso-Gonzales???)

10 Draft Regulation Food Additives Council meetings in 2006: 20 Sept/ 5 Oct/19 Oct/8 Nov/17 Nov/ 2 Dec/13 Dec 5 Oct: additives 2/13 Dec: « reserve » meetings First semester 2007: German Presidency

11 Purity criteria Amendments Maltitol - Correction of mistake in English version of Directive 95/31/EC Erythritol - proposal for specifications - definition Lactitol – specific rotation at 20°C versus 25 °C Maltitol syrup – flexibility in the process Amendments proposed for adoption at the SCFCAH meeting 6 October

12 Purity criteria Whereas (8) – proposal on food additives Current Directives on specifications should be maintained until the corresponding additives are entered in the Annexes to the new Regulation. At that time the specifications related to such additives should be set out in a Regulation.

13 Allergen labelling Lactitol Submission of the dossier to Sanco and EFSA on 18 August Flexibility from EFSA for a stepwise approach? Flexibility from SANCO for the labelling deadline? Polyols derived from wheat glucose syrup AAF (former AAC) submitted their final notification for WGS to EFSA. Fructose: unlikely to trigger allergen labelling.

14 Regulation on nutrition & health claims Calendar 17 May: EP Plenary vote 2 nd reading on compromise text Council adoption: not voted on 12 September – Now on 12 October? Application: 6 months after entry into force (20 days after publication in OJEU)

15 Regulation on nutrition and health claims Article 13 – Claims other than those referring to a disease risk End October: target date for CIAA to finalise the list Coordination with ERNA - EHPM Latest draft 8 September Polyols in: dental and low glycaemic claims

16 PolyolsUsed in place of fermentable carbohydrates, reduces acidogenicity and cariogenicity ( the food should not lower plaque pH below 5,7 by bacterial fermentation during consumption and up to 30 min after consumption, as determined by plaque pH telemetry) Authoritative bodies SNF, FDS US FDA 21CFR§101.80; FOSHU (please note: the Japanese name of isomalt translates hydrogenised Palatinose); Swiss LMV Art. 176 See polyols dental Used as alternative to sugars between meals, can promote dental health Safe for teeth Helps to keep teeth healthy The sugar alcohols in [name of food] help keep teeth healthy when used between meals in place of sugars Polyol- containing chewing gum or candies Used in place of fermentable carbohydrates promotes remineralisation Critical review See polyols dentalpromotes remineralisation when used after meals PolyolsLow glycaemic propertiesCritical review/ Expert Review See: Polyols and low glycaemic properties polyols: are a slow release form of energy have low glycaemic and insulinemic response can be part of a low glycaemic diet

17 Regulation on nutrition and health claims Nutrient profiles and polyols-related claims Art.4 – conditions for the use of nutrition and health claims - § 2 By way of derogation from §1 (nutrient profiles), nutrition claims referring to reduction of fat, saturated fatty acids, TFAs, sugars and salt/sodium shall be allowed without reference to a profile for the specific nutrient/s for which the claim is made, provided they comply with the conditions laid down in this regulation […]

18 Regulation on nutrition and health claims Annex – Nutrition claims and conditions applying to them Energy-reduced: where the energy value is reduced by at least 30 % With no added sugars: where the product does not contain any added mono- or disaccharides or any other food used for its sweetening properties Reduced (name of the nutrient e.g. sugars): where the reduction in content is at least 30 % compared to a similar product. Sugar-free: where the product contains no more than 0.5 g of sugar per 100 g or 100 ml.

19 Notification of feed additives 7 Nov. 2005: publication of a Community Register of feed additives (under Reg. (EC) 1831/2003) => Mannitol and sorbitol registered, further to their notification in August 2006: « consultation » on Annexes of Com document on implementing rules and guidelines: General comment: improvement as regards obligations applying to food additives used in feed, BUT very poor wording of Annex III : ELC supported FEFANA to ask for the rewriting of Annex III. Publication still expected end 2006 Next step Before 7 Nov. 2010: submit an application for authorisation of mannitol and sorbitol to Commission and EFSA

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