Montag, 29. Juni 2015, 17:00 - 18:00 iCal

Novel Fooods - From Strange and Exotic Foods and Unknown Technologies

Institut für Lebensmittelsicherheit der Österreichischen Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit 

DI Klaus Riediger

Carl Auer v. Welsbach Hörsaal der Fakultät für Chemie
Boltzmanngasse 1, 1090 Wien


Novel Fooods - From Strange and Exotic Foods and Unknown Technologies

Novel Food is defined as food that has not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU prior to 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force. Novel Food can be newly developed, innovative food or food produced using new technologies and production processes as well as food traditionally eaten outside of the EU. Examples of Novel Food include agriculture products from third countries (chia seeds), newly produced nutrients (tagatose) or extracts from existing food (rapeseed protein).

Traditional foods are safe - we know that from experience, even if it is not scientifically proven. For Novel Foods that's fundamentally different. Because they are new, at least in the European diet, there is no sufficient experience in terms of its safety and tolerability. Who wants to market novel foods, must prove scientifically that its consumption is not harmful to health and does not lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Currently there is now a proposal for a revision of the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97 which provides a simplified authorization procedure for traditional foods and deals with issues such as nanotechnology and insects as food. In Austria AGES is responsible for the safety assessment and classification of novel foods and works closely with colleagues from the Novel Food Working Group (CAFAB), a group comprised of Novel Foodexperts from the Member States together with officials from the European Commission.


Fakultät für Chemie


Brigitte Schwarz
Fakultät für Chemie der Universität Wien