A range of amendments to the European Union's food additives legislation have been proposed by the European Commission, updating the rules to take account of recent developments in scientific and technological knowledge. The proposals include the authorisation of one new food additive, hydrogenated poly-1-decene which Brussels wants cleared for use as a glazing agent in confectionery and dried fruit. The idea is to provide manufacturers with an alternative to the banned white mineral oil other than vegetable oil-based products, which suffer from rancidity and stickiness.