Views wanted on the traditional use and safety of Coffea Leaves as a novel food by 15 January 2020

Last updated:
6 January 2020
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The Advisory Committee for Novel Food and Processes (ACNFP) has reviewed a notification under the Novel Food Regulation from a company seeking authorisation of its product in the EU. The ACNFP has completed a safety assessment of this product and is now asking for public comments on its draft opinion.

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The notification is for Coffea leaves (Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora). The applicant is seeking authorisation for the herbal infusion made from coffee leaves to be drunk immediately after brewing, with or without added spice, herbs and or milk; and as an herbal infusion ingredient in other beverages to be used immediately as an ingredient after brewing.

This notification is seeking authorisation under the traditional food process of the Novel Food Regulation. It relates to a food traditionally consumed in countries outside of the EU but not previously consumed in Europe. Further details on the notification can be found on the Commission website.

Views are requested from members of the public on the ACNFP’s draft opinion, particularly on whether there are additional considerations that the Committee should be aware of in finalising its opinion. Please follow this link. 

How to comment

Comments on the draft opinion should be emailed to the ACNFP secretariat at acnfp@food.gov.uk by Thursday 15 January 2020.

All views and comments will be made available for public examination as part of the Committee’s consideration of the notification. If you would prefer your comments not to be made publicly available, please indicate this in your response.

Novel foods and the traditional food process

A novel food is a food, or food ingredient, that does not have a significant history of consumption within the European Union before 15 May 1997. Traditional foods consumed in countries outside of the EU are a subset of novel foods. They can be authorised to be placed on the market in the EU under the traditional food process. Under this process applicants submit their notification for authorisation to the European Commission. EU member states and EFSA are then asked to consider if, based on the evidence provided by the applicant seeking authorisation, they have safety concerns with the product concerned.

In the UK, assessment is undertaken by the ACNFP, an independent committee of scientists appointed by the FSA. Its views are used to inform the UK position on the notification submitted by the applicant. If concerns are raised, a further assessment is undertaken before the product is placed on the market.

Further details regarding the application process for novel foods are available on the European Commission website.