Over 20 algae species admitted to European market
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Over 20 algae species admitted to European market

  • 28 February 2024

The Dutch food industry is poised for a significant shift, following the recent addition of over 20 algae species to the EU Novel Food Catalogue. This decision by the European Commission, in collaboration with the competent authorities of EU member states, marks a pivotal development for the algae industry.

New opportunities for algae products

The inclusion of these algae species in the catalogue removes a major bottleneck in the sector's development. It saves the industry considerable time and money. Consequently, the process for obtaining market authorization for algae products is shortened. This development could result in an estimated cost saving of at least €10 million for the algae industry in the EU.

This change is revolutionary for the European algae industry. Previously, only a few types of algae were recognized as non-novel foods or supplements in the EU. The updated catalogue now contains over 60 entries, including various types of microalgae and seaweed-derived products, such as extracts and oils.

Simplification of market access

Thanks to this change, producers no longer need to obtain pre-market authorization to introduce their products. This is because these algae species have traditionally been used as food in an EU country. It allows producers to introduce new products more quickly and efficiently.

Safety remains a priority

Despite this relaxation in the market access process, all EU food and safety regulations remain in force. Products derived from these algae species must comply with the general EU food legislation (Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002). This ensures that consumers have access to safe products.

The expansion of the list of recognized algae species is a win-win situation for both producers and consumers. It promotes innovation and diversity in the food and supplement market. This opens a new horizon for the Dutch food industry, focusing on both economic growth and consumer well-being.


Source: Europese Commissie