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Two more novel foods will be added to the Annex of the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 with effect from 05/12/2021.

One of the successful novel food applications concerns dried fruits of ‘synsepalum dulcificium known as miracle berry. As the name suggests, it has a very unique and “miraculous” property. Its ingredient miraculin, a glycoprotein, influences the gustatory perception significantly by instantaneously turning sour tastes into sweet ones. The ingredient thus provides an innovative alternative to sugar reduction in food supplements.

Edible insects also continue to make their way onto our plates. With the approval of the insect Locusta migratoria as a novel food by the European Commission, the second insect has just been approved, and more are on the way. The novel food application covers the frozen, dried and powder forms of ‘Locusta migratoria’ (migratory locust). It is intended to be marketed as snack or as an ingredient in various food categories, for example in meat analogues.

The European Commission granted data protection according to Article 26 of the Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 for both products, that means for a period of five years, only the applicant is allowed to commercialize the product, and other producers would need to file their own application. 

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