Recently growing concerns about the environmental effects of food production has led to an interest in the possibility of using insects as a viable nutrient source in both human diets and animal feed (due to the low carbon, water and ecological footprints associated with insect farming and edible insects can be a good source of
Dairy food industry encouraged to innovate with Novel Foods
In her latest article for Les Marchés (French read only), Katia Merten-Lentz explores how the dairy industry has been affected by the EU’s Novel Food Regulations.
The list of Novel Foods in the EU offers several examples of ingredients derived from milk or intended for use in dairy products, all of which have been authorized.…
In-Vitro Meat in France | Katia Merten-Lentz quoted by Le Parisien
Last month Katia Merten-Lentz was interviewed by Géraldine Meignan for French daily newspaper Le Parisien on in-vitro meat. An interesting read for all those actively involved in food innovation in France (french read only).
Towards human consumption of insects in Europe
In January, the EFSA gave the green light for flour made from yellow mealworms to be marketed in the EU. The move is effectively the first step on the path towards human consumption of insects in Europe, which comes after an application to the EFSA by French company, Agronutris. So, what’s the context behind the…
Edible insects: the science of novel food evaluations
Published by the European Food Safety Authority on 13 January 2021
Today’s batch of EFSA scientific opinions on novel food applications includes the first completed assessment of a proposed insect-derived food product. Our safety evaluations are a necessary step in the regulation of novel food, as our scientific advice supports EU and…
The European Union’s Court of Justice recently moved to clarify the status of whole insects as a Novel Food.
The decision particularly affects those players who had looked to take advantage of ambiguous regulations and interpreted the legislation (in particular (EC) 258/97) that whole insects did not need to be considered ‘new’ in the European Union. In her latest article for Les Marchés, Katia Merten-Lentz explores the decision, and what it means for producers…
Regulating traditional foods from third countries within EU has produced mixed results
Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm Keller and Heckman looks at how the EU’s regulation of traditional foods from third countries is proving to be a challenge for companies to successfully navigate.
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Since 1997, any food that was not consumed to a significant degree within European…
How might the Coronavirus pandemic affect the innovation of novel foods?
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CBD food and drink products in the EU: the newest hot commodity or a regulatory headache?
Cannabidiol (‘CBD’) has burst onto the world stage in recent years, and the EU is no exception, with shops selling CBD products opening up in various countries across Europe. While CBD can be incorporated into cosmetics and used for medical uses, it is quickly gaining traction in the food and drink market, with CBD found…
Yarrowia Lipolytica Yeast Biomass Authorized as a Novel Food Under EU Law
Yarrowia lipolytica yeast biomass authorized as a Novel Food under EU law
Following the publication of the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/760, a new Novel Food “Yarrowia lipolytica yeast biomass” will soon be authorized in the EU market.
The “Yarrowia lipolytica yeast heat-killed biomass” has been authorized in food…