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European novel food legislation as a restriction to trade

Anu Lahteenmaki-Uutela

No 7909, 106th Seminar, October 25-27, 2007, Montpellier, France from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: The European Novel Food Regulation applies to the placing on the EU market of foods and food ingredients which have not been used for human consumption to a significant degree within EU area. A food is novel in EU regardless of its use in third countries. This is a problem mainly to third-country producers of plant-based products. For example Chinese or Andean vegetables or berries not previously used in Europe are novel foods requiring authorization. This is the case even if they have been used by people for millennia and are considered safe. The authorization procedure is costly and time-consuming.

Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; International Relations/Trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 16
Date: 2007
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.7909

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