Assessment of processing aids


Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 on food additives defines the ‘processing aid’ as any substance which is not consumed as a food by itself, is intentionally used in the processing of raw materials, foods or their ingredients, to fulfil a certain technological purpose during treatment or processing, and may result in the unintentional but technically unavoidable presence in the final product of residues of the substance or its derivatives provided they do not present any health risk and do not have any technological effect on the final product.

The Scientific Committee of the AESAN has developed the Guidelines for the documentation needed for assessment of processing aids intended to be used in human food (in Spanish)" whose objective is to specify the requirements for necessary data for the assessment of food processing aids, within conditions that guarantees consumer´s safety.

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