Natural Vanilla Ingredients' Labelling

Legal changes 
According to the new EU regulation 1334/2008 on flavourings, the requirements to label a flavour as “natural” have been changed. This means that for the below flavourings the legal denominations in the list of ingredients on our labels and technical sheets has been adapted accordingly as of the 20th of January 2010:

Vanilla flavours

Current Legal denomination Legal denomination as of 20-Jan-2010
Natural vanilla Natural vanilla flavouring
Natural vanilla extract
Natural vanilla powder
Natural vanilla* (* refers to organic) Natural vanilla powder*
Natural Bourbon vanilla Natural Bourbon vanilla flavouring
Natural vanilla flavour Natural vanilla flavouring

Where until now “Natural vanilla” was labelled, different legal denominations – depending on the ingredient used – apply. Therefore, it is important to ask and check the new technical sheet for your specific product.

The labelling of “Vanillin” remains unchanged. Reference to natural is not possible as the Vanillin used by Barry Callebaut is not from a natural source.

Other flavours
Other flavours used in Barry Callebaut products are under evaluation. We will inform you in due course if changes to the legal denominations of the used flavours are required.

Date of application
Date of application of the new EU regulation 1334/2008 on flavourings is 20 January 2011. Foods lawfully placed on the market or labelled prior to 20 January 2011 which do not comply with this Regulation may be marketed until their date of minimum durability or use-by-date. This means by 20 January 2011 all your labels and advertising have to be adapted according to the above if needed.

Additional information
As in the new EU Regulation 1334/2008 on flavourings the old definitions on natural identical and artificial flavourings have been deleted, reference in advertising or on the labels to “without artificial flavours” will no longer be allowed as of 20 January 2011.

New version of the Technical sheet
We recommend you to contact your Barry Callebaut representative to receive a new technical sheet in the case the above changes apply to your products or if you would have problems with the proposed changes.

Current products
To help with this changeover we have listed some of our most popular grades below alongside the new required legal denomination :

Product code Legal denomination as of 20 Jan 2010
70-30-38NV Natural Vanilla Flavouring
811NV Natural Vanilla Flavouring
823NV Natural Vanilla Flavouring
W2NV Natural Vanilla Flavouring


EC Regulation 1334/2008 on flavourings
EFFA Guidance Document Flavouring Regulation

Should you have any queries regarding the above then please do not hesitate to contact either your Account Manager or your Customer Service Co-ordinator.

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