Views wanted on the draft opinions for two novel food applications by the 10 November 2017

Last updated:
30 October 2017
The Advisory Committee for Novel Food and Processes (ACNFP) has reviewed two applications from companies seeking authorisation for their products in the European Union (EU). The ACNFP, which is an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA, has completed its assessment and is now asking for comments on their opinions to inform the discussion of these dossiers at EU level.

The first application is seeking to extend the types of food in which oils rich in DHA fatty acids produced from microalgae can be used. The second is for Oligonol® a product produced from a combined extract of lychee fruit and green tea. The product is intended to be used in a range of foods including dairy products and bakery products.

Further details of these applications can be found on the ACNFP webpages at the links below.

The ACNFP has completed its assessment and is now asking for comments on the opinions, which can be found via the links below, to inform the discussion of these dossiers as they are considered in Europe.

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Deadline for comments

Any comments on the draft opinion should be emailed to the ACNFP secretariat at acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk by Friday 10 November 2017 and will be passed to the Committee and colleagues in the EU to inform the assessment of these dossiers.

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 (ACNFP), an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA.

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DHA rich oil from Schizochytrum, from Mara renewables Corporation: https://acnfp.food.gov.uk/assess/fullapplics/dha-rich-oils-from-shizochytrium-microalgae-species

Oligonol®, from Amino Up Chemical Company Ltd: https://acnfp.food.gov.uk/assess/fullapplics/oligonol-0 

Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP)

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is a non-statutory, independent body of scientific experts that advises the Food Standards Agency on any matters relating to novel foods (including genetically modified foods) and novel processes (including food irradiation).