Phosphated distarch phosphate: MGP Ingredients. EC No. 115

November 2009: Application from MGP Ingredients to approve two phosphated distarch products (Fibersym® RW and FiberRite® RW) as novel food ingredients. Passed to the EU under Regulation (EC) 2015/2283


Phosphated distarch phosphate is a modified resistant starch. It is currently used as a food additive (E1413) as a freeze-thaw-stable thickener (stabilises the consistency of the foodstuff when frozen and thawed) within the European Union in products such as soups, sauces, frozen gravies and pie fillings. The applicant proposes to market its phosphated distarch phosphate as a source of dietary fibre for use as a novel food ingredient in a range of foods including white bread, processed breakfast cereals, pasta cakes, biscuits and crackers and starch based snack foods. 

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: Passed to the EC

The application for phosphated distrach phospahte subbmited by MGP Ingredients was assessed by the UK under Regulation 258/97 (EC). The application was accepted in Novemember 2009 and was reviewed by the Committee to assess it whether the proposed use met the requirements under the regulation. Namely that it is safe, not misleading and would not put consumers as a nutritional disadvantage.

The ACNFP completed its assessment of this novel food ingredient and formulated a final opinion, that was shared with other Member States. However, this product was not authorised and was passed to the European Commission under Regulation (EC) 2015/2283.