European Commission amends fluoride level of Calcium Propionate food grade – September 19, 2014

On 12 September 2014, the European Commission increased the fluoride level of calcium propionate from 10 to 20 mg/kg after Niacet’s relevant petition. The decision was published in the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 966/2014 of 12 September 2014, amending Annex to Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 laying down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards specifications for calcium propionate.

The previous specifications for calcium propionate (E 282) set a maximum fluoride level of 10 mg/kg which created difficulties for the supply of raw materials and the production of that additive. Calcium propionate (E 282) is obtained from calcium oxide (E 529) for which a maximum fluoride level of 50 mg/kg is set. In order to produce calcium propionate complying with the currently established maximum fluoride level, manufacturers need to use calcium oxide with maximum fluoride levels of 33 mg/kg, which is below the currently authorised maximum level. As a consequence, there is hardly any calcium oxide available on the European market for the production of calcium propionate. In order to have a sufficient supply of calcium oxide for the production of calcium propionate the maximum level of fluoride for calcium propionate is now increased from 10 to 20 mg/kg. For more information, click here.

This amendment ensures the future supply of calcium oxide for the production of the Niacet Probake CP (calcium propionate food grade) for the European market.

Because of the amendment of the fluoride level of Calcium Propionate food grade by the European Commission as of September 19, 2014, Niacet has adjusted the Product Specification Sheet (PSS) accordingly. Please click here to download the updated PSS.