Gummy crocodiles, among millions of edibles, are moving along at a smart clip towards streamlined EU food rules. Regulations have been voted in by eurodeputies with the intention of improving consumer protection.
The rules should simplify procedures for additives, enzymes and flavouring that go into citizens’ 21st century food. Some sweeteners, preservatives or emulsifiers may be forbidden (by the Safety Authority) in food for the very young.
A dozen EU laws on this are being combined. A single EU-wide approval procedure for the products is aimed at making industry operations more consistent. The parliament says any decisions and the reasons behind them must be made public.
Part of the goal is to boost innovation and competitivity, but five years’ protection of scientific data is granted if manufacturers have to reveal secrets that could help their competitors.