Modification of the specification on solubility of polyvinyl alcohol (E 1203)


Polyvinyl alcohol, E 1203, food additive, PVA
First published in the EFSA Journal
11 September 2014
29 August 2014
Statement of EFSA

The European Commission asked EFSA to provide a technical assistance on the request for a modification of the specification on the solubility of the food additive polyvinyl alcohol (E 1203) in ethanol and its possible impact on the safety assessment. Polyvinyl alcohol is authorised as a food additive in food supplements in the EU in accordance with Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008. Having evaluated the results of the solubility test carried out by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, IHCP) with polyvinyl alcohol and the information provided by the applicant, EFSA considers that the description of the solubility of polyvinyl alcohol (E 1203) in ethanol (> 99.8 %) in the existing technical specifications should be solely modified to “practically insoluble or insoluble”. This modification has no impact on the safety of polyvinyl alcohol (E 1203) as a food additive.

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EFSA Journal 2014;12(9):3820 [8 pp.].
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