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Commission Decision of 27 June 2008 authorising the placing on the market of Baobab dried fruit pulp as a novel food ingredient under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document number C(2008) 3046) (Only the English text is authentic) (2008/575/EC)

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Commission Decision

of 27 June 2008

authorising the placing on the market of Baobab dried fruit pulp as a novel food ingredient under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council

(notified under document number C(2008) 3046)

(Only the English text is authentic)

(2008/575/EC)

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 1997 concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients(1), and in particular Article 7 thereof,

Whereas:

(1) On 9 August 2006 the company PhytoTrade Africa made a request to the competent authorities of the United Kingdom to place Baobab dried fruit pulp on the market as a novel food ingredient.

(2) On 12 July 2007 the competent food assessment body of the United Kingdom issued its initial assessment report. In that report it came to the conclusion that Baobab dried fruit pulp is safe for human consumption at the proposed use levels.

(3) The Commission forwarded the initial assessment report to all Member States on 1 August 2007.

(4) Within the 60 day period laid down in Article 6(4) of Regulation (EC) No 258/97 reasoned objections to the marketing of the product were raised in accordance with that provision. These objections did not raise concerns about the safety. However, in accordance with the provisions of Article 6(4) a Community Decision is required.

(5) Baobab dried fruit pulp complies with the criteria laid down in Article 3(1) of Regulation (EC) No 258/97.

(6) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health,

HAS ADOPTED THIS DECISION:

(1)

OJ L 43, 14.2.1997, p. 1. Regulation as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1882/2003 (OJ L 284, 31.10.2003, p. 1).

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