Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Commission Consultation, 19 July 2017

NOVEL FOODS - Draft implementing regulation: Implementing act on procedures for novel food status

The Commission has published a draft Regulation for consultation. The following are the introductory recitals in the document. The full draft Regulation is available on this site as well a document containing draft new Annex. The consultation closes on the 16th August 2017. For more details, see:

(1) Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 lays down rules for the placing on the market and use of novel foods in the Union.

(2) Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 lays down basic principles on the procedure for the determination of novel food status. Paragraph 1 of that Article obliges food business operators to verify whether or not the food which they intend to place on the Union market falls within the scope of that Regulation.

(3) In order to determine novel food status of a particular food, a consultation request should be submitted. The Member States should verify the validity of such requests. Therefore, it is necessary to establish rules for the verification process.

(4) Rules should be established in order to ensure that the consultation request for determination of novel food status provides all the information necessary for the evaluation by the Member States.

(5) In order to ensure that food business operators and the public are informed of the novel food status, the information on the novel food status should be made publicly available.

(6) The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.

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