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A proposed requirement that traditional foods from third countries that are new to the EU undergo a risk assessment runs counter to the 2015 novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2283) and ignores European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidance, according to FoodDrinkEurope Director for Food Policy, Science and R&D, Beate Kettlitz.
A draft implementing law to back up the 2015 novel foods regulation (NF - 2015/2083) that takes effect January 1 has garnered a storm of criticism because producer groups say it fails to protect business confidentiality.
A health food company is seeking approval under the EU novel foods regulation to market South American chia seeds in the EU on the basis that they are already “equivalent” to chia seeds grown in Australia which are already being marketed in Europe.
A revision to Switzerland’s food safety laws will see the first insect-based foods go on sale in one of the country’s supermarkets from August 21st. In the EU, the revised novel foods regulation will come into force in five months time, potentially opening the door to more insect foods across Europe.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a positive safety assessment on synthetic N-acetyl-D-neuraminic acid (NANA) as a novel food. The applicant, Danish biotechnology company Glycom, wants to market synthetic NANA as an ingredient in infant formula, follow-on formula, and foods for infants and young children as well as an ingredient in a variety of foods for the general population.
The European Commission has authorised the use of an enzyme preparation of prolyl oligopeptidase produced with a genetically modified strain of the common fungus, Aspergillus niger, as a novel food ingredient for use in food supplements.
EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has defended Italy’s decision to deny 19 different products recognition as foods for special medical purposes (FSMP). The products are manufactured by Italian company Epitech.
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has extended the deadline for the public to submit suggestions about the scope of the national GMO food disclosure rules, giving stakeholders until August 25 to send in their comments.
Transitional rules for novel foods that are already approved after the 1 January 2018 switchover to the new regulation could see whole insects and insect products wiped from some markets if Member States do not apply the rules correctly, producers are warning.
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