Some time ago I saw on the news a person arguing about the differences between food additives (Es) within EU, focusing on the fact that some countries allow more additive than others.
This EU article indicates that all food additives within the member states must approved at EU level:
All additives in the EU must be authorised and listed with conditions of use in the EU's positive list based on:
- A safety assessment
- The technological need
- Ensuring that use of the additive will not mislead consumers
Coming back to differences between Es usage I found this law text which contains a table with traditional foods for which certain Member States may continue to prohibit the use of certain categories of food additives, but no other information for Es usage discrepancy between member states.
Besides that, I cannot find other information related EU policy consistency towards food additives (basically all member states should have the same list of allowed Es).
Question: Is food additive usage unified across the EU (except for traditional foods)?