European Novel Food Regulation

European Novel Food Regulation

According to the EU’s Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, every product considered “new” in a food product requires the approval of the European Commission before it can be sold as a food product in the European Union. A food is considered “new” if it was not significantly consumed in the EU before May 1997. These include newly developed foods (eg Antarctic krill oil). Use of new technologies (eg UV-treated foods) and food products already consumed in countries outside the EU (eg chia seeds). This applies to all foods, including dietary supplements, food ingredients and substances to be included in foods.