Statement on the request for a modification of the specification on solubility of the food additive polyvinyl alcohol (E 1203) in ethanol and its possible impact on the safety assessment

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Article
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2014;12(9):3820 [8 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3820
Acknowledgements

EFSA wishes to thank the EFSA staff members: Davide Arcella, Petra Gergelova, Alexandra Tard, EFSA wishes to thank the Food Ingredients and Packaging Unit for the preparatory work on this scientific output and Alessandro Di Domenico and Paul Tobback for reviewing this scientific output and providing valuable comments and EFSA staff: Ana Maria Rincon for the support provided to this scientific output.

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Type
Statement of EFSA
On request from
European Commission
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2012-00671
Approved
29 August 2014
Published in the EFSA Journal
11 September 2014
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

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.

Keywords
Polyvinyl alcohol, E 1203, food additive, PVA
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Number of Pages
8