Last updated on 8 October 2012
Views wanted on novel carbohydrate
The Food Standards Agency's expert Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes has considered an application from a Canadian company for approval to market a carbohydrate, known as isomalto-oligosaccharide, as a novel food ingredient for use in a range of foods. Views are wanted on the expert committee’s draft opinion that this novel food ingredient should be approved for use.
The company, Bioneutra Inc., plans to market this novel carbohydrate for use in a range of foods that include beverages, cereal products and confectionery.
About novel foods
A 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, an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA.
Deadline for comments
Any comments on this draft opinion should be emailed to the ACNFP Secretariat at ACNFP@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk by Thursday 18 October 2012.
The comments will be passed to the Committee before it adopts its final opinion on this novel food ingredient.