Regarding your article on the new European Commission flavouring regulations ('What's your flavour?', Food Manufacture, January 2009, p46) I would like to clarify a key point that I found misleading and which may have been misinterpreted by readers.
You printed: "Manufacturers can now only put flavours or natural flavours on the label and natural flavours have to be 95% from the named substance."
I would like to point out that the 95% rule only applies to natural named flavourings, ie natural strawberry flavouring but not to natural flavourings. The regulations for natural flavourings remain unchanged.
As a market-leading flavour firm and a member of the British Essence Manufacturers' Association, Synergy has been actively involved in the regulation development process. We have carefully communicated the details of the proposed regulations to our customers and offered expert advice on how they will affect them.
I am disappointed that this error may cause our customers and other food manufacturers unnecessary concern.
Steve Morgan, md
Synergy (Europe and Asia)