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ANVISA updates requirements to prove the safety of new foods and ingredients


Dec 21, 2023

The National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA in Portuguese) has published Resolution RDC 839/2023, which modernizes the standards, flows and procedures to verify safety and authorize the use of new foods and ingredients.

The new resolution will enter into force on March 16, 2024, with the exception of those provisions related to the publication of Anvisa authorizations of new foods and ingredients (enrty into force December 26, 2023).

What is new:

  • More detailed definition of new foods/ingredients as those that do not have a history of safe consumption in Brazil and inclusion of a list of different sources and situations in which they can be classified;
  • Inclusion of additional conceptual bases relevant to the application of the legal concept of novel foods/ingredients, with emphasis on the history of safe food consumption, purpose of the food, selective extraction or concentration, significant modification and nanomaterial;
  • Creation of an administrative procedure that allows companies to consult the classification of a certain food/ingredient regarded as "new" and published in ANVISA website;
  • Inclusion of safety assessment requirements according to the nature and complexity of the new food/ingredient
  • Intention to draft a general list of new foods/ingredients with specifications, limits and condition of use.

For further information (in Portuguese), click on the Link

Check the full text of the documents (in English), click on the Link

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