What is a novel food and how to market it

Vendere Novell Food

Consumers’ food choices tend to vary in time and, especially in recent years, new types of foods have arrived on our tables. Possible causes can be identified in the growing ethnic variety and in an increased globalisation. This trend imposes, at regulatory level, the presence of a clear-cut, well-defined regulation allowing the marketing of food products that are safe for consumers. The concept of “novel food” is not a novelty at all. During history, in fact, new types of foods, ingredients or food manufacturing processes have appeared all over Europe from various regions of the world. The first European norm on novel foods goes back to Regulation (EC) 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council; however, the European...

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Food additives, flavours and enzymes: new operative procedures for EFSA authorisations

enzimi, additivi e aromi

Food additives, flavours and enzymes are three categories of substances entering and playing a crucial role in the manufacturing chain of foods. The European Commission and EFSA continuously confront the industry need to develop manufacturing cycles that are more profitable thanks to the use of new food additives, flavours and enzymes. The development of new substances to be used in manufacturing aims to meet the food market trends: a market that is now extremely competitive and differentiated based on a growing consumer’s awareness. In this context, companies can create important opportunities, in accordance to the regulations’ prescriptions and incentives, to establish themselves in innovative, profitable and sustainable market areas. Enzymes Enzymes are proteins that can be isolated from plants, animals...

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Botanicals and dossier, the use of plants in food supplements is still regulated nationally

The use of herbal ingredients in products intended for food consumption to favour some body functions and, more generally, to take care of our normal health state, is now a consolidated practice. Partly, the average consumer is still convinced that “natural” is a synonym of “healthy”; partly, research has investigated and confirmed some beneficial effects of plants, supported for a long time only by tradition. However, the use of substances deriving from plants in supplements has become so spread and rooted – and has generated a manufacturing industry of such magnitude – that it has drawn the attention of competent Authorities, then forced to regulate a sector that was at risk of wild development. Italy, it should be said, was...

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The importance of standards for translations

In a globalised world, harmonisation and standards are key elements allowing the acceptance and circulation of goods, systems, methods and applications. A standard is a shared modality enabling to do something in a repeatable way, yielding an outcome that is always the same. Internationally acknowledged standards in all fields allow more efficiency, absolute compliance with established requirements and a high level of quality. Standards can be of different nature: more often, they are criteria, methods, procedure guiding in the making of a product or service, fixed at international level by special committees, frequently referring to an international organisation. They are also continuously updated to keep pace with the progress of new technologies and with the specific needs of the market...

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The marketing of veterinary drugs

The marketing of veterinary medicinal products is subject to the release of the relevant authorisation by the competent authority. In Italy the application should be submitted to the Ministry of Health that takes care of the release of authorisations of veterinary drugs to be used for the therapeutic treatment of animals, both for pets and for those intended for food production for human consumption. In the latter case, the assessment of the benefit/risk profile is particularly important. In fact, the essential goal is to ensure that the marketed medicines have quality, proven clinical efficacy and safety for both animals, operators and the environment. The marketing authorisation can be released via different procedures. This can be either a national procedures, if...

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The qualifications of specialised translators

Traduzione per l'industria farmaceutica

The translation of specialised texts generally requires a deep linguistic competence (both in the source and target language), a good general culture and a detailed knowledge of the sector to which the text to be translated belongs. Linguistic competence is, of course, the base to become a high-level translator in any field of science, culture and knowledge in general. Preparing oneself in the linguistic area is a steady job, carried out in time, and including not only language courses and living abroad, but also a global interest in the culture of a country, in order to absorb the mind and thinking behind the development of the spoken language. Understanding the mind mechanisms leading linguistic thinking can in fact be as...

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The complex world of biocides: all supporting guidelines

Disinfettanti biocida

We often talk about biocides and biocidal properties of a product, but the meaning of these terms is not always clear to everyone. Let's start with the definition. According to the regulation, a biocide is defined as any substance or mixture, in the form in which it is supplied to the user, consisting of, containing or generating one or more active substances, with the intention of destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action. Thus, it is important to identify the ingredient or the ingredients with biocidal action, which are referred to as active ingredients. Obviously, not all the ingredients...

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Export of cosmetic products to China

Cosmetici esportati in Cina

The presence of products made in China and marketed in Europe and in Italy is often talked about. Several types of product reporting the wording “Made in China” can, in fact, be found in Italy and the debate about their safety is still open. The export of products from the European Union to China is, on the other hand, less known. Of course, it is required to comply with local regulations, i.e. Chinese law, before marketing consumption goods in the Asian country. When it comes to cosmetics, it is required to apply for a specific certificate to the Italian Ministry of Health. In general, a company intending to export cosmetic products outside the European Union can request to the Italian...

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The registration of medical devices in the databases

Elenco dispositivi medici

As of 26 May 2021, Regulation (EU) 2017/745, replacing and repealing Directive 93/42/EEC will apply to medical devices. The requirements provided for by the Regulation also include indications regarding the registration of medical devices in a database for public consultation. Opposite to what happened with the Directive, where registration was regulated by the individual Member States, now a single European database has been instituted, i.e. Eudamed. However, so far, only one module of this database is accessible, regarding the registration of economic operators, while the module regarding the inclusion of medical devices will be published no earlier than next September. The individual national provisions regarding medical device registration are still in force. In Italy, Ministry Decree 21 December 2009, “Amendments...

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The battle against counterfeited medicinal products sold online via non-authorised channels

The possibility to sell medicinal products in stores other than pharmacies has been considered over the years, allowing the sale of non-prescription products also in parapharmacies and in the web. The availability of the Internet and a greater knowledge of milder diseases by a wider audience have helped opening regulated online sale channels: the current regulations only permit the marketing of non-prescription medicines and only by authorised online pharmacies. The authorisation to market medicines in digital channels is characterised by a specific logo that online pharmacies publish in their website. By clicking it, an automatic link refers the user to an official list of all authorised subjects operating legally (registered at the Ministry of Health). Users can verify whether the...

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