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Spices From January 2019 newsletter

“Goodbye” to cochineal

A recent amendment to the Food Additives Regulation 1333/2008 means that we will no longer see the use of ‘cochineal’ on food labels in the EU and UK.

From 23 October 2019, food and drink manufacturers using the additive E120 in their products must use either of the terms ‘carminic acid’ or ‘carmines’; or the E number, E120 on their product labels. The term ‘cochineal’ must not be used and food labels will have to be updated. The Regulation also establishes new specifications for E120, including setting a maximum level for 4-aminocarminic acid at 3%, amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 231/2012. All products made after 23 October 2019 must comply.

The Food Additives Regulation is constantly evolving and being updated. To support industry Campden BRI Food Law Advisors offer regulatory training, get in touch to find out more.

In response to demands from food and drink manufacturers based in Ireland and Northern Ireland we are running a threeday ‘pick’n’mix’ programme in Malahide, County Dublin

Contact: Karen Bird
+44(0)1386 842294

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