France, June 16 -- European member states are to ban artificial smoke flavourings used in products such as cheeses and crisps amid concern over health risks. Manufacturers have two years to find alternatives.

Smoke-flavoured sauces or crisps are not actually flavoured with real smoke, but with additives derived from the condensation of various woods - called smoke flavour primary products (SFPPs) - which the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is concerned could lead to cancer.

The EFSA published findings in November 2023 that raised concerns about the products' genotoxicity - their impact on cell genes that could lead to cancer.

Following the findings, European member states in April endorsed a commission proposal not to renew autho...