DHA rich oils from Shizochytrium microalgae species

Last updated:
10 January 2017
January 2017 - Application from Mara Renewables Corporation to extend the food categories to which docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) rich oil from schizochytrum can be used in the European Union (EU) as a food ingredient under Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under Evaluation

The ACNFP first considered an application for the authorisation of DHA-rich oil from this species  of microalgae as a novel food ingredient in 2001-02 which was authorised in 2003. The applicant is now seeking to extend the food categories in which the novel food ingredient can be used to a wider range of food cateories (fruit and vegetable purees, infant formula, other foods for special groups and baby foods) as an alternative source of DHA rich oil.

The ACNFP has completed its assessment and is now asking for comments on the draft opinion, to inform the discussion of this dossier as it is considered in Europe.

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Comments on the draft opinion  should be emailed to the ACNFP Secretariat at acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk  by 10 November 2017.  The Comments will be passed to the Committee and colleagues in the EU to inform the assessment of this novel food ingredient.

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