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Refined exposure assessment of ethyl lauroyl arginate based on revised proposed uses as a food additive

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Following a request from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out a refined exposure assessment of ethyl lauroyl arginate (LAE) from its use as a food additive, for children and adults, based on revised proposed uses. Refined exposure estimates have been calculated with revised proposed use levels and individual food consumption data from the EFSA Comprehensive Database, according to five different scenarios. The anticipated dietary exposure to LAE for scenario 1, in which the use of LAE is estimated for all four proposed food categories, ranges from 0.02 to 0.13 mg/kg bw/day at the mean, and from 0.07 to 0.44 mg/kg bw/day at the 95th percentile. Therefore, the 95th percentile of exposure for all population groups is below the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) of 0.5 mg/kg bw/day. In all surveys and population groups, the main contributor to the total anticipated dietary exposure to LAE is preserved meat.