Clear rules have been proposed by the European Commission that would impose European Union-wide limits on the drinks industry for the amount of particular chemicals present in flavourings and flavouring ingredients.

In an overhaul of EU flavouring legislation, the Commission has noted that there were contrasting limits between member states, impeding the drinks and food trade.

As a result, set mg/kg limits have been proposed, including:

  • For alcoholic drinks - beta-asarone (1 mg/kg); quassin (1.5); teucrin A (2); hydrocyanic acid (35); quassin (1.5); and thujone alpha and beta (10, with 35 for vermouth and absinthe);
  • Non-alcoholic drinks - 1-Allyl-4-methoxybenzene (10); quassin (0.5); 4-Allyl-1,2-dimethoxybenzene (1); and 1-Allyl-3,4-methylene dioxy benzene, safrole (1).