D-Ribose. EC No. 90

April 2008: Application from Bioenergy, Inc., for the authorisation of D-Ribose from Bacillus subtilis under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under evaluation.

D-Ribose is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar that is present in all living cells. In the body, ribose is synthesised via the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP). The applicant states that exogenously supplemented D-ribose allows the cell to bypass the rate-limiting steps of the PPP, providing a precursor for ATP and nucleotide synthesis. D-Ribose is intended for use in conventional foods, including sports and energy drinks, foods for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTs) and food supplements.

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 acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk  by 1 February 2016 and will be passed to the Committee before it adopts its final opinion of this novel food ingredient.

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