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Posted 08 October 2021 - 01:53 PM

Hi everyone,


I was hoping someone maybe able to offer some experience here please. I have a client who I help out on a monthly basis. I am onsite today and they have said they would like to launch a new product that has sumac in it. 


Its not an ingredient I am familiar with but after some research I now know what it is. The one thing that i am unsure about however is that if it is a novel food and if so, what do I need to consider here? 


I found sumac bark listed on a report discussing sumac but not the ground fruit version (as this ingredient is).


Anyone know much about this?


Many thanks!


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Posted 08 October 2021 - 04:01 PM

I can't see any species of sumac listed in the Novel Foods catalogue: https://ec.europa.eu...ublic/index.cfm

(Would be listed under its binomial name, but there is nothing at all under Rhus sp.)

Generally this is probably a good sign that it isn't considered novel, and similarly I note that e.g. Schwarz are selling it - if reputable brands have it listed then it similarly implies it's not novel.

If you want to be absolutely certain then you could always drop a note to the FSA (regulatedproducts(at)food.gov.uk) just to check, but from what I can see, it would seem to be non-novel.


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Posted 07 February 2024 - 06:46 AM

Greetings, I am in a similar situation, I have a client who has a novel food to be registered to the UK FSA and I am working on that. FSA requires administrative, technical dossiers and other documents. I am not sure how to design those. I have designed HACCP documents and ISO manuals so I think this would not be completely alien to me. If anyone has sample dossiers they can share then it would be extremely helpful.

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