The ACNFP first considered an application for the authorisation of DHA-rich algal oil from the microalgae Schizochytrium sp as a novel food ingredient during 2001 and 2002. The Food Standards Agency, the UK Competent Authority, submitted a favourable initial opinion to the Commission in June 2002 and the product was authorised in 2003. The same applicant successfully obtained authorisation for use in a wider range of food categories in 2009.
The applicant intends to use its DHA-rich oil in the same food categories to those authorised for Martek’s oil.
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).