Buglossoides oil. EC No.152

December 2013: Application from Technology Crops International for the authorisation of refined Buglossoides oil under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under evaluation.

The applicant’s intention is to market refined oil from Buglossoides arvensis seeds as a novel food ingredient to be incorporated into a range of foods (including, dairy products, breakfast cereals, food supplements, foods for weight control diets and foods for special medical purposes). The applicant states in its application that the oil could be consumed by people looking to increase their intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, who are unwilling or unable to consume fish oils. This might include vegetarians, for example.

The ACNFP has considered this application and has prepared a draft opinion.

Before any new food product can be introduced on the European market, it must be rigorously assessed for safety. In the UK, the assessment of novel foods is carried out by an independent committee of scientists appointed by the Food Standards Agency, the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).

Any comments on this draft opinion should be sent to the ACNFP Secretariat by 15 December and will be passed to the Committee before it adopts its final opinion on this novel food ingredient.

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