Novel food exporters to the EU to be trained
Novel foods, known as a food that hasn't been consumed in Europe before May 15th, 1997 (the date of the first EU Novel Food legislation), covers now 10 categories instead of 4, as it was in the old regulation. To help exporters from non-EU countries to easily access the European market, the European Commission has started a series of training sessions with novel food exporters from outside Europe.
A three-day regional training session with 34 representatives coming from 10 different countries located in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam) already took place in Bangkok, Thailand at the end of February. The participants were officials from National Competent Authorities in the above-mentioned beneficiary countries who verify compliance with rules applicable to placing novel foods and traditional foods.
8 other regional training session will be held in 2020 and 2021 in Africa (Senegal and Ethiopia), Latin America (Argentina and Costa Rica), Asia (India, Thailand and China), Middle East (Jordan) and Europe (Moldova) to cover all the regions where novel foods are produced for the European market.
New categories of novel foods added in the EU regulation comprises foods containing or consisting of animals or their parts (e.g. insects), material of mineral origin, cell or tissue culture microorganisms, animals or plants and engineered nanoparticles. Alternative food is already a trend that conquers more and mare followers in Europe between those who are looking to replace meat in their diet with several protein products substitutes.