Novel Foods

Novel foods: applications will now be submitted to the European Commission

EU novel foods overhaul gets cautious welcome

By Noli Dinkovski

The EU’s new centralised process for the approval of novel foods has been welcomed by the food industry – but there are fears over the implications on intellectual property.

Jonny Bingham (right) and David Jones: ‘We see this time as one of opportunity’ (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

How Brexit can remove the novel foods roadblock

By Jonny Bingham & David Jones

In a deep, dark hole on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website is the consultations section – home of poorly publicised, important documents that could change the whole dynamics of our food system.

Gene-editing technology faces an uncertain future

Future of gene-editing hangs in the balance

By Noli Dinkovski

The fate of growing gene-edited crops in the UK hangs in the balance with the European Commission set to publish a report on whether they should be considered genetically-modified organisms (GMOs).

Imported ethnic ingredients could pose a safety risk

Novel foods fall through Trading Standards' net

By Nicholas Robinson

Trading Standards (TS) don’t have the resources to check for the potentially dangerous unapproved novel foods illegally on sale on the UK market, it has emerged.

What does the future hold for novel foods?

Back to the future

By Lorraine Mullaney

Sometimes we have to go back to move forward. This is particularly true for novel ingredients and health claims, says Lorraine Mullaney.

Scientists during tasting session

Unilever serves warning on novel foods failure

By Rod Addy

Research and development (R&D) champion Unilever has voiced deep disappointment and frustration over the collapse of talks reviewing the 1997 EU Novel Foods Regulation, claiming it will hamper food and drink manufacturers' innovation plans.

Novel foods progress may mean removing clones

By Jess Halliday

All is not well down on the novel foods farm. If food innovation in Europe is to thrive anew, MEPs and the Council need to get past the recriminations over the failed talks and remove the troublesome question of cloned foods from the negotiating table.

Goji berries: Narrowly escaped novel foods process

Efficacy of novel food should balance risks

By Rick Pendrous

Food companies want the potential benefits of novel foodstuffs to be weighed against their food safety risks when they are being considered for approval by the regulatory authorities.

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