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Desugared Fermented Orange Juice is not novel

European Union

Apr 30, 2023

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On 10 April 2023, the European Commission published the results of a consultation request under Article 4(2) of Regulation 2015/2283 to determine the novel food status of Desugared Fermented Orange Juice. This food is obtained by fermenting orange juice with a yeast commonly used in food processing, which significantly reduces its natural sugar content and produces ethanol that is subsequently removed by evaporation.

The conclusion of the consultation was that Desugared Fermented Orange Juice does not have a novel food status. The reasoning takes into account the following factors:

  • The food is produced from a source (orange juice) that has been commonly used in the EU before 15 May 1997.
  • Fermentation of fruit juices has a history of use before 1997.
  • The fermentation is carried out by a yeast commonly used in food processing.
  • Other processes used, such as centrifugation and evaporation, are widely used in fruit juice processing before 1997.
  • Apart from its sugar content, there are no compositional or nutritional differences between the food in question and orange juice.
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