Regulation pushes fragrance vs flavours

Increasing regulatory issues pushed the fragrance group of the European Flavours and Fragrance Association (EFFA) to move its regulatory and advocacy activities to the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) effective January 1, 2010.

Cristina Arregui, EFFA’s manager on Reach (Europe’s ongoing chemical legislation) will move to the newly created IFRA EU affairs department, according to the agency. The department’s committee will include representatives of the national fragrance associations and direct members of IFRA.

The objective of the reorganisation is to build on the regulatory work of EFFA and expand the advocacy and communication activities for the European fragrance industry, said Christian Solomon, president of EFFA.

“The scope of EFFA will change,” said Solomon. “The membership felt that both sectors, flavours and fragrance, would be better served by dedicated association teams specialising in each area.”

One Response to Regulation pushes fragrance vs flavours

  1. T. Barret Lyne, PhD 23 January, 2010 at 11:27 pm #

    Methyl anthranilate is used both as a flavour and a fragrance for grape flavours and grape to orange fragrance. It is probably the most commonly used grape flavour agent in the world and probably one of the oldest flavour/fragrance agents used. However, very little is known about the toxicology, immunology, and carcinogenicity of this chemical.
    This chemical may have slipped through the safety precautions for flavours and fragrances because it is a small non-protein methylated aminobenzoate compound. It may effect its immunological activity by haptenization.
    My concern is that millions of people come in contact with this chemical everyday. Some of these people may become sensitized to the compound or one of a myriad of haptenized proteins. There may be a whole lot more going on with this chemical in the immunological sensitization exposures and immune responses of people than we have detected. Two cases of immune reactions to methyl anthranilate (MA) were reported in 2005 from contact with Grappels, apples dipped in a 24% solution of MA.
    Thousands of children have allergies to grape koolaid, grape bubble gum, grape flavored cough syrups and decongestants. These children may have been sensitized to MA in a primary exposure.
    Millions of women have immune reactions to perfumes and lotions containing Methyl anthranilate. They may have been sensitized to MA and not even know it because there is no requirement for the labelinig of MA on these products.
    Now the chemical and pest control industries are beginning to spray MA over the heads of unknowing consumers as a bird repellant. Millions of people are going to be exposed by inhalation of a very small particle size of 0.05 microns. This may be delterious and result in an increase number of MA reactions that the physicians are not trained to detect because it is not a protein antigen. Some of these could be fatal anaphylactic reactions.

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