Australia and New Zealand to Permit Rapeseed Protein Isolate as Novel Food

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April 7, 2021Chanyanis UtiskulBlog

On 24 March 2021 Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) published Food Standards (Application A1175 – Rapeseed Protein Isolate as a Novel Food) Variation in the Federal Register of Legislation.

Rapeseed protein isolate will be permitted as a new novel food beginning 30 June 2021. 

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The regulation revises standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) in relation to permitted novel food (Standard 1.5.1 and Schedule 25). Specifically, rapeseed protein isolate is now included in the list of permitted novel food in Australia and New Zealand per Schedule 25–2. The product must be derived from rapeseed press cake retained after oil pressing from the seeds of several varieties of rapeseed. However, it is prohibited from use in infant formula products and food for infants. Another requirement is the products must comply with specifications for rapeseed oil isolate listed in Schedule 3–40 (e.g., composition, purity, and contaminants).

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The changes will apply to both Australia and New Zealand. Per Standard 1.5.1, novel food includes non-traditional food and substances produced and/or derived from new sources that do "not have history of human consumption" in both countries. Some food products or ingredients are considered novel foods and their presence is restricted or limited to certain uses. Products permitted for the first time may be attached with specific conditions for use and sale during the first 15 months after publication in the Federal Register of Legislation. This may include specific requirements such as brand name and class of food under which the food must be sold, composition and purity, type of permitted food products and a warning statement. 

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