According to Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of 16 December 2008, all food additives permitted before 20 January 2009 should be subject to a new risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives has been set up by Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 of 25 March 2010.
In December 2006 a public call for data has been made by EFSA for all the approved food colours. Subsequently in April 2009, the European Commission has requested to European trade organisations of the food sector information on the use levels of all permitted food colours.
Calcium carbonate is used as a food colour but is also authorised as a miscellaneous food additive (Annex I to European Parliament and Council Directive 95/2/EC) at quantum satis and can also be used as a nutrient source. Therefore, in order to assess the potential exposure to calcium carbonate, all its possible uses should be taken into consideration. Consequently, information on the conditions of use and numerical maximum reported use levels of calcium carbonate as miscellaneous food additive and nutrient source should be collected.
The purpose of this call for data is to offer all interested parties and stakeholders the opportunity to submit data on Calcium carbonate (E 170i), as identified by the ANS Panel and outlined below in accordance with the Guidance on submission of food additive evaluations by the Scientific Committee on Food.
EFSA kindly asks governments, interested organisations, universities, research institutions, companies and other interested parties to submit the following information and data on calcium carbonate (E 170i).
- Conditions of use (function, uses and use levels) other than as a food colour of calcium carbonate as a miscellaneous food additive.
- Use and use levels of calcium carbonate as a nutrient source added for specific nutritional purposes in foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTs) and in food supplements.
Process of the call for data
The above information needs to be submitted electronically by 10 March 2011 at the latest.
The interested parties are invited to contact EFSA for further clarification if required.
Confidentiality and unpublished data
Specific issues relating to confidentiality of the data provided should be discussed between the owners and EFSA. In application of Article 8(4) of Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 of 25 March 2010, following a proposal from EFSA, the Commission will decide after consulting the interested business operator and/or the other interested parties which information may remain confidential and shall notify EFSA and the Member States accordingly.
All correspondence, including enquiries, should be done electronically using the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
can also be sent to the address below:
ANS Unit, Food Additives
European Food Safety Authority
Largo N. Palli 5/A
 Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives. OJ L 354/16, 31.12.2008
 Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 of 25 March 2010 setting up a programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives. OJ L80, 25.03.2010
 Call for scientific data on food colours to support re-evaluation of all food colours authorised under the EU legislation . Published: 8 December 2006.
 European Parliament and Council Directive 95/2/EC of 20 February 1995 on food additives other than colours and sweeteners . OJ No L 61, 18.3.1995
 Guidance on submission of food additive evaluations by the Scientific Committee on Food, 2001.