Novel Foods (Wales) Regulations 2017

Last updated:
3 April 2017
This consultation seeks views on the enforcement of rules relating to novel foods for food businesses in Wales. The aim is to ensure effective, consistent and proportionate enforcement of the new novel foods Regulation (EU) 2015/2283. The updated rules take account of operational experience of the current legislation; technical and scientific advances; and changes in other areas of food law.

About this consultation

Who will this consultation be of most interest to?

Food businesses in Wales dealing in food/ food ingredients or processes that do not have a significant history of use within the European Union prior to 15 May 1997. In particular food innovators such as those developing engineered nanotechnology for use in food. This consultation will interest novel food and entomophagy (insects for human consumption) based businesses and importers dealing with fresh produce from third countries. It will also interest inland Enforcement Authorities.

Novel foods are foods or food ingredients that do not have a significant history of consumption within the EU before 15 May 1997. They are currently regulated in the EU by the Novel Foods Regulation (EC) No 258/97.

What is the subject of this consultation?

The execution and enforcement of the European Union (‘EU’) Novel Foods Regulation 2283/2015 in Wales by the EU implementation date of 1st January 2018.

The proposed Novel Food (Wales) Regulations 2017 will repeal and replace in Wales the Novel Food and Novel Food Ingredients Regulations SI No. 1997/1335. The proposed Regulations will also repeal the Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients (Fees) Regulations SI No. 1997/1336.

What is the purpose of this consultation?

To provide interested parties with the opportunity to comment on and express their views relating to the proposed Regulations; and share data that may contribute towards the associated impact assessment.

Parallel regulations will be produced in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland and consultations on these will be issued in due course.

All comments and views should be sent to

Alice Teague

11th Floor, Southgate House
Wood Street,
CF10 1EW

029 2067 8922
Responses are requested by: Monday, 26 June 2017

Publication of response summary

Within three months of a consultation ending we aim to publish a summary of responses received and provide a link to it from this page.

In accordance with the FSA principle of openness we shall keep a copy of the completed consultation and responses, to be made available to the public on request. The summary of responses may include personal data, such as your full name. Disclosure of any other personal data would be made only upon request for the full consultation responses. If you do not want this information to be released, please complete and return the Publication of Personal Data Form. Return of this form does not mean that we will treat your response to the consultation as confidential, just your personal data.

Summary of responses

Further information

This consultation has been prepared in accordance with HM Government Consultation Principles. If an Impact Assessment has been produced, this is included in the consultation documents. If no Impact Assessment has been provided, the reason will be given in the consultation document.