The EU Novel Foods Regulation - its impact on trade in biodiversity products from developing countries

Summary
If a food product or ingredient is identified as novel, it must go through a safety assessment procedure to gain access to the EU market. This places a high burden of proof on those bringing traditional food products from the South to the EU market, the costs of which are usually beyond the possibilities of smallscale producers and exporters in developing countries. Europeans are fortunate to have introduced products like potatoes and coffee long before 1997; today both would almost certainly be rejected by the NFR.

Author
Kirsten Probst, Irmgard Höschele-Zeledon

Organization
GTZ / GFU

Group
EU - NFR (Novel Food Regulation)

File type
PDF

File size
490 Kb

Topic
LEGISLATION AND STANDARDS

Related topics
MANAGEMENT OF PLANT BIODIVERSITY, MARKETS AND MARKETING, POLICIES AND STRATEGIES

Keywords
economic growth, income generation, markets, new products, policy, processing of foods, standards, trade barriers, value added

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