Conference

Reading it Right on Novel Foods

On 1 January 2018, Regulation (EC) No. 258/97 on novel foods and novel food ingredients will cease to apply, and Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2283 on novel foods will take its place.

Although the incoming Regulation 2015/2283 has the same ‘cut off’ date of 15 May 1997 for defining a novel food, it brings in some changes to the authorisation process and classification categories of novel foods.

Expert speakers will discuss the implications of these changes, such as the points expected to be of priority in future reviews of novel foods, and the potential effects of Regulation 2015/2283 on certain food categories already present on the market, with the status of insects and insect-derived products discussed as an example.

Francesca Lotta, Associate, Bird & Bird, will deliver a stimulating presentation entitled ‘Authorizing edible insects under the new novel food regulation.’

Francesca advises companies from Food and Beverage on regulatory requirements for innovative products, such as novel foods, food supplements and nutraceuticals. She is also gaining a reputation as edible insects’ legislation expert, advising food and feed companies.

Other confirmed speakers include Ruth Willis from the Food Standards Agency and Mark Ramsden from ADAS Digital.

Sam Jennings, IFST Food Law Group member and organiser of the event said: “If you would like a better perspective of the incoming new novel foods Regulation, you should find this event useful and a worthwhile way to spend half a day!”

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