The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids of the European Food Safety Authority was requested to consider evaluations of flavouring substances assessed since 2000 by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA), and to decide whether further evaluation is necessary, as laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1565/2000. The present consideration concerns a group of 22 pyridine, pyrrole and quinoline derivatives evaluated by JECFA (63rd meeting). The revision of this consideration is made since additional toxicity data have become available for 1-furfurylpyrrole [FL-no: 13.134]. The data are intended to cover the re-evaluation of this substance and 2-acetyl-1-ethylpyrrole [FL-no: 14.045] and 2-acetyl-1-methylpyrrole [FL-no: 14.046]. The Panel concluded that for 6-methylquinoline [FL-no: 14.042], the genotoxicity data available do not clear the concern with respect to genotoxicity in vitro and accordingly the substance is not evaluated through the Procedure. For 21 substances [FL-no: 13.134, 14.001, 14.004, 14.007, 14.030, 14.038, 14.039, 14.041, 14.045, 14.046, 14.047, 14.058, 14.059, 14.060, 14.061, 14.065, 14.066, 14.068, 14.071, 14.072 and 14.164] considered in this FGE, the Panel agrees with the JECFA conclusion, “No safety concern at estimated levels of intake as flavouring substances” based on the MSDI approach. Besides the safety assessment of these flavouring substances, the specifications for the materials of commerce have also been evaluated, and the information is considered adequate for all the substances.
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