New Guidance by the European Food Safety Authority regarding Food Additives

The European Food Safety Authority (“EFSA”) has recently developed new guidance for the submission of food additive applications, reflecting advances in science and the latest risk assessment principles.
In the EU, the safety of food additives is assessed by EFSA prior to their consideration by the European Commission for market authorization, and applicants seeking market authorization are required to provide the necessary information and data supporting the safety of their food additives. The new guidance introduces a tiered approach for the risk assessment of food additives that will guide applicants in designing their toxicological testing strategy with decisions based and justified on scientific evaluation of the results. There are also important changes to the toxicological studies to be conducted, including new requirements regarding the testing of genotoxicity, toxicity and carcinogenicity.

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