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Novel Food Catalogue

The Novel Food Catalogue lists products of plant and animal origin and other substances subject to the Novel Food Regulation, after EU countries and the Commission agree in the Novel Food Working Group.

It is non-exhaustive, and serves as orientation on whether a product will need authorisation under the Novel Food Regulation. EU countries may restrict the marketing of a product through specific legislation. For information, businesses should address their national authorities.

In some cases, it shows EU countries' history of use of food supplements and ingredients used exclusively in food supplements. If foods and/or food ingredients were used exclusively in food supplements, new uses in other foods require authorisation under the Novel Food Regulation.

How to amend the Catalogue

The Commission amends the Catalogue as EU countries send it new information.

Businesses submit information to the national authorities of the respective EU country for verification e.g. the history of significant consumption of a food or food ingredient.

Reg. 258/97 – novel foods and novel food ingredients
Dir. 202/46/EC – approximation of EU countries' laws on food supplements
Information for businesses when a product does not require authorisation

 
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