Processing aids used in food processing

European legislation regarding processing aids used in food processing

The processing aids are defined in Article 3.2 (b) of Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on food additives.

‘processing aid’ refers to any substance which:

  • is not consumed as a food by itself;
  • is intentionally used in the processing of raw materials, foods or their ingredients, to fulfil a certain technological purpose during treatment or processing; and
  • may result in the unintentional but technically unavoidable presence in the final product of residues of the substance or its derivatives provided they do not present any health risk and do not have any technological effect on the final product;

However, these processing aids, including filtration aids and release agents, are excluded from the scope of Commission Regulation 1333/2008.

There is no specific European legislation regarding processing aids.

Belgian legislation regarding processing aids used in food processing

There is no specific Belgian legislation regarding processing aids.

Last updated: 30/07/2019