This application is essentially an extension of use as the basic ingredient (lycopene obtained from the fermentation of Blakeslea trispora) in an oil suspension form which was authorised as a novel food ingredient in 2006.
The applicant proposes to market its lycopene in a cold water dispersible form for incorporation into a range of food categories including beverages, cereal and cereal products, milk and milk products, sugars, preserves and confectionery.
Approval is sought under Novel Foods Regulation (EC) No. 258/97.
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).
In April 2009 Vitatene was granted authorisation to market its lycopene cold water dispersible products from Blakeslea trispora) in the EU by Commission Decision 2009/365/EC.