Toxicological Studies in Assessing Novel Food Safety

  • Daniele Pisanello
  • Giorgia Caruso
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)


Food industry innovations are recognised as fundamental for satisfying consumers’ expectations, for obeying regulations, reducing environmental impact, and improving nutritional quality. From the other viewpoint, innovation should always take into account the enhancement of a high food safety level for consumer protection. Novel foods pose a challenge to risk managers in the European Union and other countries. With exclusive relation to the European Union, these products should carefully fulfil the criteria laid down by the new Regulation (EU) No 2015/2283, demonstrating they do not pose safety risks. This Regulation increases the efficiency of the authorisation procedure, also assigning, upon request by the European Commission, the scientific assessment of novel foods to the European Food Safety Authority. This chapter concerns the state of the art of toxicological studies in assessing novel food safety, an extremely important pillar when speaking of food safety on the one hand, and the commercial introduction of new products on the other side. The description of the toxicological approach to the problem on different levels is given, depending on the particular analysis factor.


Cloned animal Insects Nanofood Novel food Risk evaluation Toxicology Traditional food 



EFSA panel on food additives and nutrient sources added to food


European Food Safety Authority


European Union


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


Food Safety Authority of Ireland


World Health Organization



The authors are also grateful to Mrs. A. Smirnova for assistance with research, and for her keen eye in the evaluation and revision of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniele Pisanello
    • 1
  • Giorgia Caruso
    • 2
  1. 1.Lex Alimentaria Studio Legale AssociatoMilanoItaly
  2. 2.Enbiotech S.r.l.PalermoItaly

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