Novel food

Definition and categories

1.     Definition

New food raw material refers to the substances that has no traditional eating habits in China, including:

        Animals, plants and microorganisms

        Components extracted from animals, plants and microorganisms

        Food ingredients the original composition of which has been changed

        Other newly developed food ingredients


Meanwhile new food raw materials shall have the quality of food raw materials, satisfy necessary nutritional requirements, be non-toxic and harmless and pose no acute, subacute, chronic or other potential harm to human health.

Administrative Measures for the Safety Review of New Food Raw Materials (2017 version)



2.     Classification

Not Applicable