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The European scientific panel on food additives, flavorings, processing aids and materials in contact with food, which advises the EC on chemically defined flavoring substances, was recently asked to evaluate 18 flavoring substances in the flavoring group evaluation (FGE) 17. These 18 flavoring substances belong to chemical group 24, Annex I of the Commission Regulation EC No 1565/2000.
The panel found that while adequate specifications were provided for 15 flavoring substances, information on chirality was missing for three of the substances. Final evaluation on the three substances can not be made until the requested information is received. The 18 flavor substances being evaluated were all pyrazine derivatives.