What happens if a key ingredient in your product is declared as a novel food?

The regulation of novel foods in Australia and New Zealand has been a topic of great concern for many food companies. The Food Standards Code strictly prohibits the sale of unapproved novel foods, yet, companies are at liberty to self-assess their products and classify a substance based on their own research and opinion. This article delves into the regulation of novel foods, the risks involved in self-assessment and other alternatives, and recommendations for what actions may be taken for when a substance may be declared ‘novel’.

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