Guide

Novel foods

Introduction

A 'novel food' is a food or food ingredient that has not traditionally been eaten  EU before 15 May 1997. European Commission regulations govern novel foods, ingredients and novel food processes.   There are  detailed rules for how they are authorised.

In the UK, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) assesses novel foods before authorising them for use. 

This guide explains the regulation of novel foods. It outlines how they are assessed. This guide also explains rules for food from cloned animals and nanotechnology.