Views wanted on the traditional use and safety of roasted sacha inchi seeds as a traditional food by 29 February 2020

Last updated:
19 February 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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How to comment

Comments on the draft opinion should be emailed to the ACNFP secretariat at by Saturday 29 February 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 UK or the EU before 15 May 1997. Traditional foods consumed in countries outside of the UK and EU are a subset of novel foods. They can be authorised to be placed on the market under the traditional food process. Under this process applicants submit their notification for authorisation. Risk assessors 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.