Food Law News - EU - 2009

Council Press Release (11218/09), 22 June 2009

NOVEL FOODS - Council agrees on new rules for novel foods

The Council today approved a political agreement (the United Kingdom and Greece abstained, the Commission voted against).on a draft regulation concerning novel foods (10754/09 + ADD 1). The agreement was reached at a Coreper meeting on 16 June 2009 and confirmed, without discussion, at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in Luxembourg.

The main objective of the draft regulation is to stimulate the development and placing on the EU market of safe innovative foods and to ensure a high level of food safety and of human health protection.

The new regulation includes in particular the following provisions:

So far, more than 30 novel foods have been authorised for use in the EU, such as "rapeseed oil high in unsaponifiable matter", "rye bread with added phytosterols/phytostanols", "milk type products and yoghurt type products with added phytosterol esters", "coagulated potato proteins and hydrolysates thereof" and "phospholipids from egg yolk".

The Council's common position will be adopted at a forthcoming meeting once the text has been finalised. It will then be sent to the European Parliament for a second reading.

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