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UK Food Standards Agency Considers Novel Food Applications for Isomaltose and Lycopene

Two applications for novel foods have been received by the UK Food Standards Agency to be assessed for safety by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes.

The products are isomaltulose, and lycopene derived from the fungus Blakeslea trispora. Approval is being sought to use isomaltulose as a novel carbohydrate source and to use lycopene, an antioxidant, as a nutritional food ingredient and dietary supplement.

It is proposed that isomaltulose could be used in a wide range of foods, including butter, margarine, cheese, sauces and soups. If approved, lycopene could be added to various products such as soft drinks, cereal bars and energy tablets.

An initial discussion of these applications will take place at the ACNFP's meeting on 20 November 2003. Comments on these applications can be sent to the ACNFP secretariat by 5 December 5, 2003 to be passed to the Committee.

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