Calanus finmarchicus oil. EC No. 133

May 2016: Application from Calanus AS, for the authorisation of oil from Calanus finmarchicus under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under evaluation.

Calanus finmarchicus is a herbivorous copepod (miniature shrimp) and one of the most common species of zooplankton found in the North Atlantic Ocean. A characteristic of marine copepods is their ability to generate large lipid stores – primarily in the form of wax esters or triglycerides. The applicant intends that the oil will be marketed in the form of food supplements and it is one of an increasing number of oils rich in the polyunsaturated fatty acids Docosahexaenoic acid and Eicosapentaenoic acid (DHA and EPA).

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).

Comments on the draft opinion are requested from the public to assist in informing the Committee. Any comments on this draft opinion should be sent to the ACNFP Secretariat at acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk by Wednesday 18 May. Comments will be taken into account by the Committee before it adopts its final opinion on this ingredient.

All the views/comments received by the ACNFP will be made available for public examination as part of the Committee's consideration of the application. If you would prefer your comments not to be made publically available please indicate this in your response.