More importantly, the enhanced coordination between the European Union, United States, and other developed countries could improve food safety worldwide. The European Union has just launched a system-wide re-evaluation on all approved food additives, colors and sweeteners,2 which will potentially have great impact on international trade of food products. It would be helpful for American and European regulators to cooperate on developing common standards for food additives.

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2 Commission Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 of 25 March 2010 setting up a programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food additives Text with EEA relevance. Official Journal L 08, 26/03/2010 P. 0019–0027. [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:080:0019:01:EN:HTML], retrieved on December 8th, 2011.



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