This was in addition to the approved use in Yellow Fat Spreads. The 'milk' type products would include skimmed, semi-skimmed and vegetable oil based milk variants.
The 'yogurt' type products include a range of natural and fruit flavoured yogurts. It is understood that, under EU milk legislation (EC Directive 95/2) and the varying national legislation across member states covering yogurt, the addition of phytosterol-esters, and other ingredients required to stabilise the products, will prevent the use of the term 'milk' and 'yogurt', to describe these Novel Foods.
Phytosterol-esters are considered to be the Novel Food Ingredient and the 'milk' and 'yogurt' type products with added phytosterol-esters the Novel Foods.
In March 2004 Unilever were granted authorisation to market Phytosterol-esters in 'milk' and 'yogurt' type products in the EU by Commission Decision 2004/335/EC.