Volume 15, Number 4, Juillet-Août 2008
|Page(s)||241 - 243|
|Published online||15 July 2008|
Placing on the market of novel foods or novel ingredients in Europe “novel food procedure”
Conseil Alimentation Santé, 35 rue des Equarts, 79000
« Novel Foods » concerned foods and food ingredients that have not been used for human consumption to a significant degree within the Community before 15 May 1997. Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of 27 January 1997 lays out detailed rules for the authorisation of novel foods and novel food ingredients. In order to ensure the highest level of protection of human health, novel foods must undergo a safety assessment before being placed on the EU market. The application must be in accordance with Commission Recommendation 97/618/EC concerning the scientific information and the safety assessment. A proposal of the revision of this regulation of has been adopted in order to reflect the fact that genetically modified (GM) food no longer falls under its scope, to create a more favourable legislative environment for innovation in the food industry, and to better facilitate foodstuffs trade between Europe and the rest of the world. The consumer would also benefit from a wider choice of safe novel foods.
Key words: novel food / regulation (EC) No 258/97 / GM food / authorisation / safety
© John Libbey Eurotext 2008
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