by BFFF
Sep 22nd, 2021
3 mins
BFFF

Please see the below risk management advice we have received from the FSA regarding action required related to Ethylene Oxide residues detected in Locust Bean Gum (LBG), E410

2-Chloroethanol (2-CE) has been found in varying levels (0.15 mg/kg to 64 mg/kg) within a number of batches of calcium carbonate.  Due to the lack of toxicological data and evidence, it is assumed that 2-CE, as a breakdown product of Ethylene Oxide (EtO) is also a genotoxic carcinogen.  As an assumed genotoxic carcinogen, no level can be considered to be without risk to health.

A number of RASFF alerts have been raised by EU Member States where 2-CE has been found in supplements supplied by UK businesses, which has resulted in withdrawals and recalls been issued in these EU Member States.  On the basis of risk assessment and taking account of the large number of products that are manufactured using calcium carbonate, risk management advice for this issue has been developed.

Food businesses are advised to cease using calcium carbonate to manufacture products that are found to contain levels of 2-CE.  For products that have already been placed on the market and have been manufactured with contaminated calcium carbonate containing greater than 10 mg/kg of 2-CE, it is advised that they are withdrawn from market.  Products manufactured with calcium carbonate that contain less than 10 mg/kg 2-CE can remain on the market.”

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