Adaptation of ML cadaverine in spermidine-rich wheat germ extract

On 26 March 2020 the Commission Implementing Regulation 2020/443 was published to increase the maximum level of cadaverine in spermidine-rich wheat germ extract from the current < 0,1 μg/g to ≤ 16,0 μg/g. This adaptation will be implemented in the Union list of novel foods (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470). Indirectly, this adaption can be interesting for MVO members given the possible consequences for the extraction of wheat germ oil.

Cadaverine is a diamine which together with histamine, tyramine, and putrescine belong to the class of the biogenic amines that are naturally formed as the result of bacterial metabolism of proteins. The change in the specification is necessary in order to reflect the natural levels of up to ≤ 16,0 μg/g of cadaverine in the wheat germ of the Triticum aestivum plant. The currently authorised level of < 0,1 μg/g cadaverine in spermidine-rich wheat germ extract represents the limit of detection with the analytical method that the applicant had erroneously included in the initial notification as the specification limit for cadaverine, and which was subsequently included in the Union list specifications of this novel food.

In the Annex of the Union list of novel foods, the entry for ‘Spermidine-rich wheat germ extract (Triticum aestivum)’ in Table 2 (Specifications) is replaced by the following:

This Regulation shall enter into force on the 15 April 2020. 

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Last modified: 6 April 2020