Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 501 (FGE.501): Grill flavour concentrate (vegetable)

FGE.501, Grill flavour concentrate (vegetable), other flavouring, complex mixture
First published in the EFSA Journal
24. Mai 2019
28. März 2019
Scientific Opinion

The full opinion is published in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 until the decision on confidentiality will be received from the European Commission. The following information has been provided under the confidentiality framework and it is redacted awaiting the decision of the Commission: description and schematic representation of the production process and assignment of identified components of the Grill flavour concentrate (vegetable) to existing FGEs.

Note: This scientific output is published in accordance with the European Commission decision of 8.10.2019 on the confidentiality claims submitted by the applicant (Ref.: C(2019) 7359).


The Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings of the European Food Safety Authority was requested to deliver a scientific opinion on the implications for human health of the product Grill flavour concentrate (vegetable) [FL‐no: 21.002] in the Flavouring Group Evaluation 501 (FGE.501), according to Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 and Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The product is derived from heat‐treated canola oil and intended to be used as a food flavouring with grilled aroma in a wide variety of food categories. Information on manufacturing and compositional data was considered adequate to show the reproducibility of the production process. The chronic dietary exposure to the substance estimated using the added portions exposure technique (APET) was calculated to be 0.402 and 0.252 mg/person per day for a 60‐kg adult and for a 15‐kg child, respectively. Based on exposure estimate and the results from the repeated‐dose toxicity studies, a sufficient margin of safety could be calculated. However, the Panel noted that for six constituents of the flavouring there is an indication for genotoxicity. Therefore, these six substances have to be further considered. Until these evaluations have been finalised the safety of Grill flavour concentrate (vegetable) cannot be fully assessed.

Panel members at the time of adoption

Gabriele Aquilina, Laurence Castle, Karl‐Heinz Engel, Paul Fowler, Maria Jose Frutos Fernandez, Peter Fürst, Rainer Gürtler, Ursula Gundert‐Remy, Trine Husøy, Wim Mennes, Peter Moldeus, Agneta Oskarsson, Romina Shah, Ine Waalkens‐Berendsen, Detlef Wölfle and Maged Younes.
Panel on Food Additives and Flavourings
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EFSA Journal 2019;17(5):5675
Question Number
On request from
European Commission