Producers of functional ingredients, novel ingredients, blended ingredients, nanomaterials, finished product manufacturers for third parties, technology and services for the food and beverages, pharma and cosmetics industries.
- Functional Ingredients are healthy natural ingredients that provide a beneficial effect on health to traditional food, diet food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products. As an example, some functional ingredients are: proteins, probiotics, vitamins, omegas 3 and 6, oligosaccharides, coconut oils, krill, palm, etc. hyaluronic acid, beta-glucans, ginseng, marine ingredients, etc.
- Novel ingredients are new ingredients not significantly traded before May 15, 1997, including GMOs. According to the publication of the December 11, 2015 Regulation (EU) 2015/2883, that includes:
- Ingredients with new molecular structures and GMO.
- Ingredients of microorganisms, fungi or algae, isolated or produced from them.
- Ingredients of materials of mineral origin, isolated or produced from them.
- Ingredients of plants or parts of these plants, or isolated or produced from them, except those that existed before May 15, 1997 in the EU.
- Ingredients in cell culture or in tissue culture, from plants, animals, microorganisms, fungi or algae or isolated or produced from them.
- Food with animals origin, isolated or produced from them, except for animals obtained by traditional practices in the EU before 15 May 1997.
- Ingredients obtained from a new production process not used for food production, generating significantly changes in the composition or of the food structure, not used in the EU before 15 May 1997.
- Nanomaterials (explained below).
- Vitamins, minerals and other substances in food production processes applied not used before 15 May 1997 or containing nanomaterials.
- Ingredients used exclusively in food supplements, that have been used in the EU before 15 May 1997, when were used in foods different than food supplements.
(Source: Tecnifood Magazine by Sweet Press: Article of Dr. Andrés Gavilán, Chairman of AFCA)
List of Novel Ingredients approved by the European Commission:
- Nanomaterials are materials that are smaller than 1 µm and have morphological properties that show different characteristics to larger scale materials: for example, higher strength, higher chemical reactivity and / or better conductivity. Nanomaterials are used in food and beverage, diet food, cosmetics and / or pharma industries. Nanoparticles, nanofibers, nanoemulsions, nanoclays, nanocapsules, etc.
- Blended ingredients to get the desired nutraceutical product.
- Contract Manufacturers: food, cosmetic, pharmacist
- Technology: Technological equipment for the nutraceutical industry.
- Services: Certification, analysis laboratories, quality control… for nutraceuticals production.