Echium oil. EC No. 27

October 2000: Application from John K King & Sons to approve Echium oil as a novel food. Withdrawn March 2002.


The application was submitted by John K Kings & Sons Ltd and is for Echium oil, a natural vegetable oil rich in omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Echium oil could therefore be used as an alternative to existing oils and fats, rich in omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, currently available on the market such as blackcurrant seed oil and evening primrose oil. It is proposed that Echium oil will be used as a dietary supplement or as a source of essential fatty acids in other products such as nutritional bars.

This application was discussed at the 53rd meeting of the ACNFP, held on 31st January 2002, and following this meeting the Secretariat wrote to the Company requesting they conduct a human feeding study. The Company did not consider that a human feeding study would be a commercially viable option and withdrew their application for novel food clearance.

Legal Background

Before a novel food can be marketed legally in EU it requires a pre-market safety assessment under the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, previously 258/97 (EC). This is the Regulation establishes the legal basis for novel foods and the process for submitting a novel food authorisation(s).

One of the major changes under the revised Regulation, was the centralisation of the authorisation process at the EU level. Prior to this, applications for new novel foods were underwent initial assessment in a Member State to achieve an EU wide authorisation. This application was received by the UK under Regulation 258/97 EC and was assessed by our independent experts the Advisory Committee on novel foods and processes.

Application Status: Withdrawn

This applicaiton was withdrawn by the applicant. The ACNFP and the FSA took no further action. 

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