The European Commission has made a second bid for new powers to amend European Union (EU) food legislation, without securing approval from the European Parliament or the EU Council of Ministers.

Brussels earlier requested authority to change details of EU additives laws. Now it wants the same powers - by December 31 - regarding the incoming directive on foodstuff nutrition and health claims.

Here again, the Commission has asked EU ministers for the right to "amend non-essential elements… by deleting some of those… or [ordering] the addition of new nonessential elements." What is "essential" (where a referral to MEPs and ministers would be required) and "non-essential", is not defined, however.