Novel Food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the European Union (EU) before 15 May 1997. “Novel Food” can be newly developed, innovative food, food produced using new technologies and production processes, as well as food which is or has been traditionally eaten outside of the EU.
Examples of Novel Food include:
- food derived from new production processes, e.g. bread, mushrooms and milk treated with UV light to increase vitamin D content;
- new sources of nutrients, e.g. docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from algal oil;
- agricultural food from third countries, e.g. chia seeds;
- herbal extracts, e.g. rapeseed protein.
Novel Food is subject to general labelling requirements defined in the Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. In addition, all nutrition and health claims must comply with the Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods. The complete catalogue of approved novel foods is available on the website of the European Commission (EC). In addition to the Novel Food Catalogue, there is also a list of novel foods whose approval has been rejected by decision of the EC.
The novel food legislation from 1997 had to be reviewed taking into account the latest scientific and technological advances. On 25 November 2015, the European Parliament and Council adopted a new food regulation (Regulation (EU) 2015/2283), and the new provisions have been fully applied since 1 of January 2018.
The approval procedure is balanced, centralised and includes generic approval. The EC processes all requests and issues authorisations. Therefore, all food business operators can market their approved novel food as long as the conditions for use and labelling requirements are followed.
The new novel food legislation will improve the effectiveness of the approval process and thus stimulate innovations in the food sector. It will also ensure the safety of European consumers and further expand the variety of foods available to them.
Marijana Čop, Mpharm / Food supplements and cosmetics registration Manager
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Full company name
Short company name
Marti Farm Ltd. Trade and Services
Marti Farm Ltd.
Lašćinska cesta 40, HR-10000 Zagreb
Planinska ulica 13/2, HR-10000 Zagreb
a limited liability company
Commercial Court of Zagreb
HRK 20,000.00 (paid in its entirety)
Martina Diminić Smetiško, director of the
company (Representing the company
individually and independently, Responsible
person for data protection)
HR3623600001102197724 (Zagrebačka banka)
HR4324020061100628669 (Erste banka)
Full company name: Marti Farm Ltd. Trade and Services
Short company name: Marti Farm Ltd.
Headquarters: Lašćinska cesta 40, HR-10000 Zagreb
Office: Planinska ulica 13/2, HR-10000 Zagreb
Legal form: a limited liability company
Court register: Commercial Court of Zagreb
Registration number: 080751121
Share capital: HRK 20,000.00 (paid in its entirety)
Authorized representative: Martina Diminić Smetiško, director of the company (Representing the company individually and independently, Responsible person for data protection)
Bank account: HR3623600001102197724 (Zagrebačka banka), HR4324020061100628669 (Erste banka)