Invitation to attend an Open Event on Novel Foods: 18 February 2009

The Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes is holding an open event on Novel Foods in London on 18 February 2009. The closing date for applying to attend the event is 2 February 2009

Invitation to all interested parties

ACNFP Open Event on Novel Foods

You are invited to attend an open Workshop on Novel Foods to be held at Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 February 2009 from 1.30pm.

The workshop is being organised by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes which is a non-statutory, independent body of scientific experts that advises the FSA on any matters relating to novel foods (including genetically modified foods) and novel processes. The aim of the meeting is to give the public an opportunity to discuss with the Committee those subjects that fall directly within the Committee’s remit. The meeting will be chaired by the ACNFP Chairman. Attendance will be limited and by ticket only, with a maximum of two people per organisation.

The meeting will be structured as follows:

1. Introduction

The role of the ACNFP and how it links to other advisory committees on food safety and to the European Union. The openness policy and what data can be regarded as confidential will also be explained.

2. Discussions on two novel food issues of interest to the consumer

(a) specific labelling requirements for novel foods
(b) estimating and controlling levels of intake of novel foods

These are two important issues considered by the ACNFP during the assessment of novel food applications. The discussions will be preceded by presentations by ACNFP members, drawing on examples of novel products that have recently come before the Committee.

3. Changes to the regulation of novel foods

The ACNFP Secretariat will give a short presentation explaining the new regulation on novel foods that is being developed at EU level

4. An open discussion with tabled audience questions

The audience will be invited to comment on any issues related to the assessment of novel or GM foods. This could include the scientific rationale used in the safety assessment and whether the procedures are sufficiently open for the UK public to make their views known. Priority will be given to questions submitted in advance of the meeting.

Participants are invited to submit written questions on topics that are within the Committee’s remit for consideration in the final session. Minutes will be produced for this meeting and any relevant questions that cannot be taken will be addressed as an annex to these minutes.

If you are interested in attending this meeting please contact Miss Alison Asquith by Monday 2 February at:

ACNFP Secretariat
Aviation House
125 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6NH
Tel: 020 7276 8595
Fax: 020 7276 8564
e-mail: acnfp@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk