From a statement by Procomer:
Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 of the European Commission, establishing specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III of Regulation (CE) No. 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and Council will apply from 1st December 2012, with exceptions.
The Annex to that Regulation lays down the specifications for food additives, including colors and sweeteners listed in Annexes II and III of Regulation (EC). 1333/2008. Therefore directives 2008/60/EC, 2008/84/EC and 2008/128/EC will be repealed as of December 1st, 2012.
The above will apply from 1st December 2012. However, the specifications in the Annex for steviol glycosides additives (E 960) and basic methacrylate copolymer (E 1205) will apply from the date of entry into force of the ruling (twentieth day following its publication).
Source: International Trade Office (Costa Rica)
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