Refined oil from Buglossoides arvensis

January 2013: Application from Technology Crops International in the USA for an opinion on equivalence of refined oil from Buglossoides arvensis compared with the refined oil from Echium plantagineum marketed by Croda Chemicals Ltd. Under evaluation

Oil from Buglossoides arvensis is a refined, edible oil, rich in omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturates and obtained from the seeds of this herbaceous plant.

Refined oil from Bugglossoides arvensis seeds will be used in the same products as those for which approval has been granted in 2008, for Croda’s echium oil (milk products and drinkable yoghurts, breakfast cereals, cheese preparations, food supplements, dietary foods for special medical purposes and foods intended for use in energy restricted diets and weight reduction).

Regulation (EC) 258/97 makes provision for novel foods or ingredients that are substantially equivalent to an existing product to be placed on the market once the applicant has informed the European Commission. In all cases to date, the Commission has required that the applicant first obtains an opinion on substantial equivalence from a Member State.Technology Crops International requested such an opinion from the UK Competent Authority on the equivalence of their refined oil from Buglossoides arvensis to the authorised Echium plantagineum refined oil marketed by Croda Chemicals Ltd which is currently on the EU market.

Any comments on this application should be sent to ACNFP Secretariat by 18 February 2013 and will be passed to the Committee when it begins its assessment of this novel food ingredient.
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