Rooster combs extract (extension of use)

May 2014: Application from the Spanish company Bioiberica S.A. to extend the use of Rooster combs extract (RCE) for use in food supplements under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under evaluation

Bioiberica’s RCE was authorised in 2013 as a novel ingredient to be added to various dairy products. The applicant is now seeking approval to extend the use of RCE to include food supplements.

The applicant states that rooster combs have been widely consumed in Europe as part of traditional dishes. RCE is an extract of rooster combs rich (60-80%) in sodium hyaluronate (SH). The applicant states that SH helps in lubricating and cushioning joints.

The applicant mentions that foods containing SH are very limited and only rooster combs and viscera have high amounts of this substance. These sources of SH are not consumed in all European countries, therefore Bioiberica regards that incorporating RCE into dairy products and now food supplements provides increased opportunity to acquire SH in the diet, to support joint health in the general population.

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 application should be sent to the ACNFP Secretariat by 19 June 2014 and will be passed to the Committee when it begins its assessment of this novel food ingredient.

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