EFSA: food colour for meat may cause cancer
Food colouring Red 2G (E 128), which is added to some breakfast sausages and
burger meat, may cause cancer, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said on
Monday as it reviewed food additives used in the European
Tests using animals indicated that aniline, a substance into which Red 2G is
converted in the body, might cause cancer in animals and humans, possibly
hitting the genetic material of cells, the EU main food safety body said in a
"It is therefore not possible to determine a level of
intake for aniline which may be regarded as safe for humans," EFSA
EFSA's scientific panel had withdrawn the accepted maximum
daily intake recommendation for Red 2G but had stopped short of calling for a
ban on the additive.
EFSA said it had informed the European
Commission about its findings and it was up to the Commission and the member
states to take action on the food colouring.
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