EU Safety Assessment of 2‐methyloxolane as a Food Extraction Solvent

Posted By: Trace One

Trace One-European-union-food-alerts-recalls-July-2019-2On March 15th, 2022, the European Food Safety Authority on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP) published the “Safety assessment of 2methyloxolane as a food extraction solvent” in accordance with Article 29(1)(a) of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002.


The document indicates the following:

  • To assess the safety of 2methyloxolane as an extraction solvent under the intended conditions of use and the maximum residue limits (MRLs) proposed;
  • Intended to be used in processes currently applying hexane for oil and protein extraction from plant sources or for extraction of food additives;
  • The proposed MRLs are 1 mg/kg in fat, oil, or butter and also for the extraction of food additives, etc.;
  • Dietary exposure with the highest potential maximum 95th percentile for toddlers as 0.32 mg/kg body weight per day;
  • Toxicological data shows 2methyloxolane metabolized rapidly with a low bioaccumulation potential and does not raise a concern for genotoxicity;
  • The solvent does not raise safety concerns when used under the intended conditions and at the proposed MRLs in the extracted foods or food ingredients.



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