Novel Food

Extension of conditions of use of the novel food ‘astaxanthin-rich oleoresin from Haematococcus pluvialis algae’ in the EU

On 1 August 2023, the EU Commission published implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1581 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 as regards the conditions of use of the novel food ‘astaxanthin-rich oleoresin from Haematococcus pluvialis algae’. The new Regulation extends the conditions of use in food supplements for children aged 3 to less than 10 years and for adolescents aged 10 to less than 14 years of age (1).

CBD in France

The cannabidiol, CBD, an active substance most often of natural origin, is one of the phyto-cannabinoids. CBD, as the tétrahydrocannabinol (THC ), is present in the cannabis flowers and leaves. It is a non-addictive psychotropic drug, unlike THC. It is also a component in the form of an extract, medicine, or everyday consumer products, only some of which are authorised in France under specific conditions of THC content. In addition, CBD is considered at European level as a novel food whose safety is currently being assessed by EFSA.

New momentum for the edible insect sector in Great Britain

The publication of a statutory instrument finally allows certain edible insects to be legally placed on the British market.

Alphitobius diaperinus: the European Commission authorizes an additional edible insect species

Under a new Regulation, lesser mealworm larvae enter the list of authorized novel foods.

EFSA establishes the safety of an additional insect species as Novel Food

Alphitobius diaperinus larvae may soon be on our plates!

The safety of cannabidiol as a Novel Food in EU: data gaps and uncertainties

On 28 June 2022, a webinar information session was held to present the recently published EFSA “Statement on safety of cannabidiol as a novel food: data gaps and uncertainties” to stakeholders.

Monacolins from red yeast rice: new restrictions

The conditions of use of the ingredient are now set by Regulation (EU) 2022/860.

The prospects of insects as food and feed and the impact of Brexit at the core of the Royal Entomological Society’s latest conference

The conference was held on April 26th and 27th, and hosted a series of high caliber speakers

Focus on the blurry regulatory situation of edible insects in the UK

Over the course of 2021, the EU authorized a number of edible insects as Novel Foods. What is the post-Brexit situation in the UK?

Safety of oil from Schizochytrium sp. (ATCC strain 20889) as a Novel Food (NF)

Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the safety of Schizochytrium sp. oil as a Novel Food (NF) pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283.