Call for approved food additives (sorbates, benzoates and gallates) occurrence data in food and beverages intended for human consumption

1. September 2012
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Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008[1] of the European Parliament and the Council on food additives requires that food additives are subject to a safety evaluation by the European Food Safety authority (EFSA) before they are permitted for use in the European Union. In addition, it is foreseen that food additives must be kept under continuous observation and must be re-evaluated by EFSA. 

For this purpose, a programme for the re-evaluation of food additives that were already permitted in the European Union before 20 January 2009 has been set up under Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 of 25 March 2010[2]. This Regulation also foresees that food additives are re-evaluated whenever necessary in light of changing condition of use and new scientific information. For efficiency and practical purposes, the re-evaluation should, as far as possible, be conducted by group of food additives according to the main functional class to which they belong.

The order of priorities for the re-evaluation of the currently approved food additives should be set on the basis of the following criteria: the time since the last evaluation of a food additive by the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) or by EFSA, the availability of new scientific evidence, the extend of use of a food additive in food and the human exposure to the food additive taking also into account the outcome of the report from the Commission on Dietary Food Additive Intake in the EU[3] of 2001. The report “Food Additive in Europe 2000” submitted by the Nordic Council of Ministers to the Commission, provides additional information for the prioritisation of additives for re-evaluation.

Call for data


Group of substances



Expressed as

Mandate number/Question number



Sorbic acid


M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00438



Potassium sorbate


M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00439

Sorbic acid – Sorbates


Calcium sorbate

Sorbic acid

M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00440


E 210

Benzoic acid


M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00001


E 211

Sodium benzoate


M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00002


E 212

Potassium benzoate


M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00003

Benzoic acid – benzoates

E 213

Calcium benzoate

Benzoic acid

M-2011-0160 / EFSA-Q-2011-00004


E 310

Propyl gallate

Propyl gallate

M-2011-0160 EFSA-Q-2011-00479


E 311

Octyl gallate

Octyl gallate

M-2011-0160 EFSA-Q-2011-00480


E 312

Dodecyl gallate

Dodecyl gallate

(M-2011-0160 EFSA-Q-2011-00481)


Data submission should follow the requirements identical to those described in the call for continuous collection of chemical contaminants occurrence data in food and feed (

Contact details

Data should be transmitted using the EFSA web interface “Data Collection Framework (DCF)” ( The data collection group to be selected when submitting data on these substances through Data Collection Framework is the group “OCC_GROUP5”. In order to receive access to the DCF web interface please contact: contaminants [at]

In case data are compiled using the simplified excel file, they cannot be transmitted using the DCF web interface. In this case data should be sent to the e-mail address: contaminants [at]

Please address any technical inquiries regarding the reporting of data to: contaminants [at]

Data provided may be used in the EFSA opinions depending on their quality, exclusion criteria will be indicated in the EFSA opinions. Only the data provider organisation will be cited in the EFSA opinions. Data provider organisations wishing to remain anonymous in the publications should indicate it in the email they will use to submit data to EFSA.

For the collection of this type of data the general recommendations and mandatory fields apply as specified in the Guidance on Standard Sample Description[4]. The following links summarise the mandatory fields and recommended fields applicable for the data collections defined in this call and the food classification related to additives, exceptions and restrictions (highlighted in grey).

Table 1 - Mandatory and recommended information for additives occurrence data in food *(271.9 KB)
*This table was updated on 8 August 2012. The SSD field R.32 “resComm” is not a mandatory field as previously indicated.

Table 2 - Food classification related to additives including exceptions and restrictions(513.76 KB)

[1] OJ L 354, 31.12.2008, p.16
[2] OJL 80, 26.03.2010, p. 19
[3] COM(2001) 542 Final
[4] European Food Safety Authority; Standard sample description for food and feed. EFSA Journal 2010;8(1):1457 [54 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1457. Available online:

31. Mai 2012