A 'novel food' is a food or food ingredient that has not been consumed to a significant degree in the EU prior to 15 May 1997. Novel foods, ingredients and novel food processes are regulated by European Commission regulations which set out detailed rules for how they are authorised.
Novel foods must have a pre-market safety assessment before a decision is made on whether they can be authorised for use throughout the EU. In the UK, the safety assessment is normally carried out by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP).
This guide explains how novel foods, food from cloned animals and emerging food technologies are regulated and authorised. It highlights research into public attitudes to novel foods and emerging food technologies.
It also tells you about the procedure for submitting a novel food application and how to find out what you should include in the application.