Proposal for a Regulation on novel foods and novel food ingredients in order to bring improvements on a number of important issues such as nanomaterials definition and labelling, a centralised and quicker authorisation procedure for novel foods and specific measures for traditional foods from third countries.
COM(2007)872: Proposal for a Regulation In line with this, the Commission is seeking feedback on how to create a more streamlined authorisation procedure (including the decision) which takes into account, for example, particular needs of traditional exotic food from third countries and which is adjusted to applications which cover several food uses.
The online consultation and its responses on the revision of Novel Food Regulation (EC) n° 258/97 gave the European Commission the input from the general public, stakeholders and Member States in order to carry out an impact assessment for the legislative proposal to revise the Novel Food Regulation.
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Evaluation of Regulation EC N° 258/97 concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients
The Discussion Paper on the implementation of the Novel Food Regulation EC n° 258/97 at which about 40 stakeholders gave their comments is published below. In addition, the Commission organised a stakeholder meeting (see Annex I of the Evaluation report). Based on this work an internal evaluation was carried out (Evaluation Report). The stakeholder consultations and evaluation underline the importance to develop and update the Regulation (see Executive Summary).
Responses to the Discussion Paper Implementation of Regulation EC 258/97
Latest developments :
John Dalli's statement announced that institutions failed to agree on the revision of the Novel Food Regulation on March 29, 2011. He will assess the next steps for the novel food Regulation and the follow-up to the Commission report on Cloning in food production.
Foods produced from cloned animals fall under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 concerning novel food and novel food ingredients. This means that foods from cloned animals would be subjected to a safety evaluation and approved by all European Union countries as a novel food before they could be marketed legally.
The European Parliament's resolution of 3 September 2008 on the cloning of animals for food supply requested the Commission to submit proposal on cloning. In this context, a report on animal cloning for food production from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council was prepared in October 2010.
Following this, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued, at the request of the Commission, a scientific opinion on food safety, animal health and welfare and environmental impact of animals derived from cloning and their offspring and products obtained from those animals on 15 July 2008.
The Scientific Opinion was followed by an EFSA statement on further advice on the Implications of Animal Cloning on 23 June 2009 and on 14 September 2010 EFSA released an updated statement on the state of play of animal cloning.
The European Group on Ethics of science and new technologies (EGE) released also an opinion on animal cloning: Ethical aspects of animal cloning for food supply on 16 January 2008.
The Special Flash Eurobarometer on the Europeans' attitudes towards animal cloning in October 2008 was followed in October 2010 by Special Eurobarometer on Biotechnology that includes also the public attitude towards animal cloning.
EFSA FAQ on cloning