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Novel food catalogue

The Novel Food Catalogue lists products of animal and plant origin and other substances subject to the Novel Food Regulation, based on information provided by the EU Member States.

It is a non-exhaustive list and serves as orientation on whether a product will need an 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 information on the history of use of food supplements and ingredients used exclusively in food supplements in the EU countries. 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 in 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 prior to 15 May 1997 in the EU.