Scientific Opinion on Flavouring Group Evaluation 224 (FGE.224): Consideration of genotoxic potential for two α,β-unsaturated thiophenes from subgroup 5.2 of FGE.19 by EFSA

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Article
Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2013;11(2):3093 [18 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3093
Panel members at the time of adoption
Ulla Beckman Sundh, Mona-Lise Binderup, Claudia Bolognesi, Leon Brimer, Laurence Castle, Alessandro Di Domenico, Karl-Heinz Engel, Roland Franz, Nathalie Gontard, Rainer Gürtler, Trine Husøy, Klaus-Dieter Jany, Martine Kolf-Clauw, Catherine Leclercq, Wim Mennes, Maria Rosaria Milana, Iona Pratt, Kettil Svensson, Maria de Fatima Tavares Poças, Fidel Toldra and Detlef Wölfle.
Acknowledgements

The Panel wishes to thank the members of the Genotoxicity Working Group on Flavourings: Mona-Lise Binderup, Wilfried Bursch, Angelo Carere, Riccardo Crebelli, Rainer Gürtler, Daniel Marzin and Pasquale Mosesso for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion and the hearing experts: Vibe Beltoft, Pia Lund and Karin Nørby and EFSA staff: Maria Carfì and Kim Rygaard Nielsen for the support provided to this scientific opinion.

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Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00678
Adopted
31 January 2013
Published in the EFSA Journal
20 February 2013
Last Updated
10 April 2013. This version replaces the previous one/s.
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids of the European Food Safety Authority was requested to evaluate the genotoxic potential of two flavouring substances from subgroup 5.2 of FGE.19 in the Flavouring Group Evaluation 224 (FGE.224). The Flavour Industry has provided additional genotoxicity studies for one of the two substances in FGE.224, namely 5-methyl-2-thiophenecarbaldehyde [FL-no: 15.004]. The data requested by EFSA for the other substance, 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene [FL-no: 15.024] of FGE.224 will be provided subsequently according to the Flavour Industry. Based on the new data the Panel concluded that 5-methyl-2-thiophenecarbaldehyde does not give rise to concern with respect to genotoxicity and can accordingly be evaluated using the Procedure. For the other substance in subgroup 5.2, 3-acetyl-2,5-dimethylthiophene, the requested genotoxicity data are still pending and no conclusion could be drawn in the present FGE.

Keywords
FGE.224, alpha,beta-unsaturated thiophenes, α,β-unsaturated thiophenes, Subgroup 5.2, FGE.19
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Number of Pages
18