The magnolia bark extract (MBSE) is obtained from the bark of the plant Magnoliae officinalis. This plant is native to the mountains of China and has been used for centuries as part of traditional Asian remedies. The applicant intends to incorporate MBSE into two confectionary products (chewing gum and a limited number of mint confectionery products) at a maximum use level of 0.2% for its perceived breath freshening properties.
Before any new food product can be introduced on the European market, it must be rigorously assessed for safety. In the UK, the assessment of novel foods is carried out by an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Food Standards Agency, the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).
Following an initial public consultation on the application and the discussion of this application by the ACNFP at its meetings between September 2009 and April 2010, the Committee has formulated a positive initial opinion on this Magnolia bark extract.