Annatto, Bixin, Norbixin (E 160b) is extracted from the seeds of the annatto tree (Bixa orellana L.) and confers a yellow to red colour to food. The main pigments in annatto extracts are bixin and norbixin. In spite of their similarity in structure, bixin and norbixin have significantly different physico-chemical properties and, therefore, different applications...
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New EU 3-year control programme for pesticide residues
New Regulation 2020-585 establishes a coordinated multiannual control programme for pesticide residues in foods for years 2021-2023. 40 foods of plant and animal origin, that make up the “European diet”, will be tested during this period. Since pesticide uses show significant changes over a period of three years, pesticides should be monitored in those foodstuffs over...
COVID-19 and EU official controls
Regulation 2020-466 on temporary measures for EU Member States’ control systems The ongoing crisis related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) represents an exceptional and unprecedented challenge for the capacity of Member States to fully conduct official controls and other official activities in accordance with EU legislation. A number of Member States have informed the Commission that,...
Salmonella rules for EU imported reptile meat!
Salmonella rules are added to well-known Regulation 2005-2073 for reptile meat. According to data available in Eurostat’s reference database, imports from third countries of fresh, chilled or frozen meat and edible offal of reptiles have shown an upward trend over the last 10 years with an increase of over 50 % in the quantity imported...
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EU guidance notice on Haccp implementation
Official Journal of the European Union, C 278, 30 July 2016