Food Standards Agency
Views on chia seeds wanted by 17 October 2014
A company has applied to the FSA for chia seeds to be approved for use in the European Union (EU) under the simplified approval procedure. The FSA’s independent expert committee has considered the company’s application and prepared a draft opinion. Views are wanted on the draft opinion
The simplified approval procedure and 'equivalence'
The company, Inversora Agropecuaria, is requesting an opinion from the FSA on the 'equivalence' of their chia seeds, which are grown in particular regions of South America, with the chia seeds marketed by The Chia Company that are grown in Australia.
The European Novel Foods Regulation includes a simplified approval procedure for when a company believes its novel food is substantially equivalent to a food that is already on the market. In such a situation, the applicant can submit a notification to the European Commission after obtaining an opinion on equivalence from an EU member state – in this case the UK.
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