Views wanted on cockerel combs extract

Last updated:
30 May 2014
A Spanish company has applied to the FSA to extend the use of cockerel’s comb extract to include food supplements. Views are wanted on the company's application.

A cockerel’s comb (referred to by the company, Bioiberica S.A., as a rooster’s comb) is the large fleshy red skin on top of the cockerel’s head.

Bioiberica’s extract was authorised in 2013 as a novel ingredient to be added to various dairy products. The applicant is now seeking approval to extend the use of the extract to include food supplements.

The company states that cockerel combs have been widely consumed in Europe as part of traditional dishes. The compay also states that the extract is rich in sodium hyaluronate and helps to lubricate and cushion joints.

About novel food

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 an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Food Standards Agency, the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).