Novel food applications
Novel food applications comprise a range of foods, and past applications include oils, sweeteners and berries.
Food companies may wish to introduce novel foods because they are produced more efficiently or because they might have advantages for the health and nutrition of consumers, such as lowering cholesterol or providing a source of desirable types of fatty acids.
In 2006 the Commission held a public consultation on possible improvements to the Novel Foods Regulation. The aim of revising the Novel Foods Regulation was to create more innovative foods, improve trade, and increase consumer choice. See the consultation on the Commission website at the link at the bottom of this page.