US company requests Food Standards Agency views on new oil
The product's approval could be expedited if it is deemed equivalent to an oil already on the market.
Technology Crops International has asked the UK’s Food Standards Agency to review the equivalence of their refined oil. The product will be recognized under the European Novel Foods Regulation if the oil, made from the herbaceous plant Buglossoides arvensis, is equivalent to the refined oil from Echium plantagineum. When a company thinks a novel food is equivalent to a food already on the market, the applicant can submit a notification to the European Commission after obtaining an opinion on equivalence from an EU member state. The oil, which is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturates, would be used for applications including milk products, drinkable yogurts, breakfast cereals, cheese preparations and food supplements.