Some Aspects of Flavorings Legislation

Flavorings legislation is a difficult subject and could, indeed, be the subject of a whole book. Therefore, my goal here is to present the main lines leading to the different flavorings legislation in the world.

Every human activity is submitted to legislation. Everyone experiences this daily and flavorings manufacture and sale are no exception. The main objectives of a flavorings legislation are:

--To protect consumer’s health

--To prevent frauds and introduce equivalent conditions of competition for all manufacturers

Let us try to put ourselves in the legislators’ place. First, they have to become familiar with the different flavoring ingredients—the flavoring substances. The accepted Codex Alimentarius terminology classifies the flavoring substances in the following categories:

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