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The use of artificial sweeteners in dietary baked goods is banned by the EU

EU Commission Regulation 2018/97 , published on January 23, 2018, in Official Journal L 17, bans the use of artificial sweeteners in fine bakery products aimed at people with special dietary needs. The EU’s Food Additive regulation 1333/2008 did not permit the use of sweeteners in fine bakery wares with the exception of sweeteners in “fine bakery products for special nutritional uses.” Following the 2013 revision of the EU’s rules on food for particular nutritional uses, the European Commission concluded that the authorization of artificial sweeteners in “fine bakery products for special nutritional uses” is no longer justified and that those products may no longer be marketed.

As a result of the EU’s new rules on dietetic foods, applicable since July 2016, a whole range of products carrying dietetic suitability statements needed to be re-labeled and/or reformulated.

Commission Regulation 2018/97 removes the category “fine bakery products for special nutritional uses” from the food additives regulation, which means that the following sweeteners may no longer be used in bakery products in the EU:

  • E 950 Acesulfame K
  • E 951 Aspartame
  • E 952 Cyclamic acid and its Na and Ca salts
  • E 954 Saccharin and its Na, K, and Ca salts
  • E 955 Sucralose
  • E 959 Neohesperidine DC
  • E 961 Neotame
  • E 962 Salt of aspartame-acesulfame
  • E 969 Advantame

Commission Regulation 2018/97 becomes applicable on February 13, 2018.


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