European novel food legislation as a restriction to trade

The European Novel Food Regulation applies to the placing on the EU market of foods and food ingredients which have not been used for human consumption to a significant degree within EU area. A food is novel in EU regardless of its use in third countries. This is a problem mainly to third-country producers of plant-based products. For example Chinese or Andean vegetables or berries not previously used in Europe are novel foods requiring authorization. This is the case even if they have been used by people for millennia and are considered safe. The authorization procedure is costly and time-consuming.

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