About novel foodsA novel food is a food or food ingredient that does not have a significant history of consumption within the European Union before 15 May 1997.
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 the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP), an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA. In the case of this dossier it has been concluded by the Agency that a further assessment by EFSA is required.
Deadline for commentsThe Food Standards Agency is inviting comments on the two applications. Any comments should be emailed to the ACNFP Secretariat at email@example.com by Thursday 2 February 2017. The comments received will be passed to the Committee to inform its assessment of these novel food ingredients.
January 2017 - An application from X'ian Healthful Biotechnology for an opinion on equivalence of their phytosterol ester compared with phytosterol ester ingredients marketed by Archer Daniels Midland. Under evaluationDHA rich oils from Shizochytrium microalgae species
January 2017 - Application from Mara Renewables Corporation to extend the food categories to which docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) rich oil from schizochytrum can be used in the European Union (EU) as a food ingredient under Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under EvaluationAdvisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP)The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is a non-statutory, independent body of scientific experts that advises the Food Standards Agency on any matters relating to novel foods (including genetically modified foods) and novel processes (including food irradiation).