EIHA Novel Food Consortium

EIHA Novel Food Consortium

Definition of ‘Novel Food’

The first Novel Food regulation was introduced in 1997 by Regulation (EU) 258/97 with the aim of establishing a food safety mechanism to control newly developed, synthetic or genetically produced food. An updated version of the regulation came into force on 1st January 2018 (Regulation (EU) 2015/2283).

According to art. 3, ‘novel food’ is:

“any food that was not used for human consumption to a significant degree within the Union before 15 May 1997”.

If a food is considered novel, it must be authorised by the EU Commission and undergo a pre-market safety assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), before it can be legally marketed in the EU.

The Novel Food Catalogue serves as a non-legally binding orientation on whether a product (of animal and plant origin, as well as other substances) will need an authorisation under the Novel Food Regulation. The Novel Food Catalogue reflects the opinion of the Member States …

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