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The Food Law Assessment of Novel Foods by Process : Using the Example of ‘Pulsed Electric Fields’ Technology

  • Novel foods by process are a special case in the catalogue of the ten novel food categories according to Article 3 (2) point (a) of the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, since the other nine categories derive their assessment as possible novel foods from their purely substantial properties. In the case of novel foods by process, the problem of dealing with the reference date of 15 May 1997, which is in the end a random reference date, is particularly significant. It would make more sense to have a dynamic reference date that ‘moves along the timeline’ or at least is reset from time to time and is more up-to-date. The characteristic that a process causes ‘significant changes in the composition or structure of the food, affecting its nutritional value, metabolism or level of undesirable substances’ must be understood in such a way that it is only a question of the generation of undesirable substances through the application of the process, but not their reduction, e.g. the reduction of undesirable microorganisms. Finally, the question also arises as to how the assessment of the process technology relates to the assessment of a food in the context of a novel food by composition category. This concerns the exemption for foods that have a history of use as safe foods, which, according to the view taken here, must also be interpreted into the category of novel foods by process.

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Author:Markus Grube, Kerstin Pasch, Stefan TöpflORCiD
Title (English):The Food Law Assessment of Novel Foods by Process : Using the Example of ‘Pulsed Electric Fields’ Technology
ISSN:1862 - 2720
Parent Title (English):European Food and Feed Law Review (EFFL)
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2023
Release Date:2024/04/12
First Page:166
Last Page:171
Faculties:Fakultät AuL
DDC classes:600 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 610 Medizin, Gesundheit
Review Status:Veröffentlichte Fassung/Verlagsversion
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