Annatto Task Force, was originally set up in 1998 to generate the dossier for the JECFA evaluation of Annatto Extracts (2003 & 2006) and then also focused on specific additional genotoxicity testing requested by EFSA. The final submission of data to address the outstanding EFSA questions was made end October 2015. The EFSA scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of annatto extracts issued end August 2016 evaluated positively and accepted as safe four out of five of the annatto extracts currently on the market on the basis of data submitted by the industry. This is a very successful outcome and reflects all the efforts NATCOL put into this. Since, NATCOL works with the Commission for answering any issue raised by EFSA and completed the necessary tests confirming the safety of the fifth annatto extract. The EFSA opinion regarding this last extract and the annatto extension of use is expected to be issued this year.
Anthocyanin Task Force, commissioned a report on revised and comparable exposure assessment for anthocyanins from food colour additives, colouring foodstuffs and from natural occurrence in food, following the publication of the EFSA scientific opinion on Anthocyanins (E 163) including exposure assessment. The Group has now to work the characterisation and manufacturing data for the four (4) anthocyanin sources.
Beetroot Task Force, set up to address various additional questions from EFSA as part of the re-evaluation dossier on Beetroot Red (E 162), which thanks also to the submission of an extensive Intake element, succeeded in obtaining a favourable EFSA scientific opinion published in December 2015.
Carmine Task Force, was created for the development of outstanding genotoxicity studies on Carminic Acid containing products which were submitted to EFSA, as part of the re-evaluation of Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines (E 120). The EFSA scientific opinion was published in December 2015 and outlined the need for revision of the E 120 specification amongst other recommendations. NATCOL has since submitted all additional requested data and information to the Commission and the Member States and revised specifications for E 120 ‘Carminic Acid, Carmine’ are expected to be published in 2018.
Carotenes Task Force has been created mainly to up-date specifications for E 160 a (i, ii, iii, iv) on the basis of the 2012 EFSA scientific opinion on the re-evaluation of mixed carotenes (E 160a (i)) and beta-carotene (E 160a (ii)) as a food additive.
Chlorophylls Task Force funded the characterisation / chemical analysis of Chlorophylls (E 140i & 140ii) in response to specific requests from EFSA. The publication of the EFSA scientific opinions on E 140i & E 140ii were made in May 2015 and on E 141i & E 141ii in June 2015. The Group has now to respond the specific studies requested by EFSA in their published opinions.
Lutein Task Force main aim is to follow and support lutein and lutein esters at Codex level.
Lycopene Task Force was formed to work on the potential extension of use for Lycopene (E 160d).
Paprika Task Force
, prepared the submission for the Joint FAO/WHO Experts Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) evaluation of Paprika Extracts (2008) with a successful outcome in June 2014.
The EFSA submission for the re-evaluation of Paprika Extract E 160c was completed in September 2014 with a successful scientific opinion in December 2015.
The Group prepared and presented for adoption provisions for the use and use levels of Paprika Extract INS 160c (ii) into the step process of the GSFA at the Codex Committee on Food Additives in 2017.