Chia Oil. EC No. 143

January 2013 : Application from Functional Products Trading SA (Chile) for the authorisation of chia oil, (oil from Salvia hispanica L) under the Novel Food Regulation (EC) 258/97. Under evaluation.

This is the first application for the use of chia oil but the ACNFP has previously considered two applications for the authorisation of chia seeds, which are the source of chia oil, in a number of food categories. Chia oil contains significant quantities of alpha linolenic acid and linoleic acid which are polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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).

The ACNFP has considered this application and has prepared a draft opinion. Any comments should be sent to the ACNFP Secretariat by 1 July 2013. Comments will be taken into account by the Committee before it adopts its final opinion on this ingredient.

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