EFSA publishes its opinion on the safety data of Cannabidiol as Novel Food

The EFSA has published its analysis of the literature data concerning the safety of Cannabidiol (CBD) as a novel food. EFSA has issued this statement, summarizing the state of knowledge on the safety of CBD consumption and highlighting areas where more data are needed. According to EFSA Panel, many human studies have been carried out […]

Europe: Updated specifications for additive E 960c

Regulation (EU) 2022/1922 of 10 October 2022 amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 laying down specifications for food additives has updated the specifications of the currently authorised food additive ‘Enzymatically produced steviol glycosides’ (E 960c): – update of the specifications for E 960c(i) Rebaudioside M produced via enzyme modification of steviol glycosides from Stevia […]

France: Anses opinion against the endocrine disruptor label for vitamin D on food products

In October 2021, the French Authorities notified the European Commission of a draft text classifying the main form of vitamin D (cholecalciferol) as having endocrine disrupting properties, adding an obligation to inform the consumer on this subject (article 13 of the AGEC law, supplemented by decree 2021-1110, providing the provision of information to consumers allowing the […]

EFSA recognizes cellobiose as safe for human consumption

Cellobiose is a disaccharide consisting of two glucose monomers linked by a β-(1-4) glucosidic bond. The company SAVANNA Ingredients GmbH has submitted in May 2020 a novel food application to request the use of cellobiose in a range of food categories. In its opinion, EFSA notes that the manufacturing process, compliant with GMP and HACCP […]

France: new DGCCRF tool on usable health claims

A new DGCCRF tool on usable health claims In France, The DGCCRF is a service of the Ministry of Economy. This service is responsible for ensuring that companies comply with consumer law. French authorities has published in September 2022 a new tool listing usable health claims. The authorized or on hold claims have been grouped […]

How to avoid a negative opinion from EFSA on a novel food application : case study

EFSA has just published a scientific opinion on the safety of β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) salts as novel foods. Safety of b-hydroxybutyrate salts as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 Abstract from the EFSA Scientific Opinion Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) was […]

Italy: Updated mandatory warning for food supplements containing Curcuma

The Italian authorities have published on 1 August 2022 a modification of their Annex 1 of the Decree of 10 August 2018 updating the mandatory warning for labelling of food supplements containing preparations from Curcuma species (Curcuma longa, Curcuma xanthorrhiza et Curcuma zedoaria): “AVVERTENZA SUPPLEMENTARE In caso di alterazioni della funzione epatica, biliare o di […]

Europe: Maximum levels of THC for hemp seeds products

Regulation (EC) 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs was amended on 12 August 2022 by Regulation (EU) 2022/1393, setting maximum levels for delta-9-THC in hemp seeds and derived products. A maximum level of 3 ppm has been set for hemp seed, whether whole, ground or partially defatted, and its derived products, with the […]

Europe: Updated specifications for food additives concerning ethylene oxide

Regulation (EU) 231/2012 laying down specifications for food additives was amended on 12 August 2022 by Regulation (EU) 2022/1396 regarding ethylene oxide. Until now, ethylene oxide could not be used for sterilization in food additives, but it could be found in the purity criteria of certain additives for which it was involved in production, within a limit […]