Tuesday, December 1, 2020

New guidelines change classification of colouring foods

After November 29, all food and drinks available on the European market must comply with the requirements of new guidelines.

The transition period for the implementation of the European guidance notes on the classification of food extracts with colouring properties is about to end. For the first time the precise criteria for differentiating between colouring foods and colourants will change.

After November29, products that are used for the colouring of food and drinks that don’t comply with the new guideless will be classified as colourants. This means that the product requires legal permission and be designated by the name of the category “colourant”, followed by their specific name or E number.

“There is not much time left for food and beverage manufacturers to align their products with the new guidance notes. They should check their labelling or even recipes in order to ensure compliance and at the same time meet the demand of their customers for natural ingredients”, says Dr. Hendrik Hoeck, Managing Director of the GNT Group. “With the end of the transition period, consumers finally obtain certainty that ingredients which are labelled as colouring foods actually meet their requirements for naturalness to the full extent.”

The guidance notes were adopted by the European Commission’s Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on November 29, 2013. They define the exact criteria for differentiating between colouring foods and additive colours, and thus close the remaining legislative gap in this area. All products with colouring properties that are manufactured using selective extraction of the raw material’s pigments are to be labelled as additive colours. This also applies when they are made from foods or other edible raw materials.

GNT’s products meet the requirements for the classification as colouring foods. They are obtained exclusively from fruit, vegetables and edible plants by using gentle physical processes such as pressing, chopping or filtering. GNT Group draws from 35 years of experience in the production and application of colouring foods, to help advise and support food and drinks manufacturers in the implementation of the guidance notes and the application of colouring foods.

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