Actual maximum levels for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in cocoa fibre, banana chips, food supplements, dried herbs and dried spices were set in force.

 

The EU commission published in October last year COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2015/1933  2015 which sets in force new MRL values for PAH in various food products from April 1st. It was explained that Cocoa fibres produced from the shell of the cocoa bean contain usually higher levels of PAHs than the cocoa products produced from the cocoa nibs. Also banana chips that are used for the breakfast cereals, confectionery and as natural snacks showed higher concentrations of PAH. Also in some other food supplements it was recognised, that elevated levels of PAH have to be expected, like in propolis, royal jelly, spirulina algae ,but also certain spices and dried herbs. So section 6: ‘Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons’ of the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 is amended by the table:

 

 

 

Benzo(a)pyrene

Sum of benzo(a)pyrene, benz(a)anthracene, benzo(b)fluoranthene and chrysene 

6.1.11

Cocoa fibre and products derived from cocoa fibre, intended for use as an ingredient in food

3,0

15,0

6.1.12

Banana chips

2,0

20,0

6.1.13

Food supplements containing botanicals and their preparations
Food supplements containing propolis, royal jelly, spirulina or their preparations

10,0

50,0

6.1.14

Dried herbs

10,0

50,0

6.1.15

Dried spices with the exception of cardamon and smoked Capsicum spp.

10,0

50,0

 

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