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From Shazzie, Naked Chocolate co-author and CEO of Europe’s largest superfood company:
I am writing this as I URGENTLY need your help. UK Trading Standards Institute and UK Food Standards Agency have declared that mesquite is a novel food. (This is according to the Novel Foods Act 1997, whereby any food not proven to be traded or consumed in Europe before May 1997 is not allowed to be sold in the UK or Europe). The UK governing body Trading Standards Institute only allowed us a couple of months to attempt to find evidence that it’s not a novel food, and we haven’t managed so far. They have now given us a “cease trading mesquite” letter.
Saturday, June 22, 2013 03:22:35 PM
Well that makes no sense at all...Mesquite is not only delicious but high in aminos and nutrients that are often lacking in the vegetarian diet. Making them a brilliant food to balance out ones nutrient composition.
Did I mention it's delicious?? :)
Almost malty, but gluten free. Brilliant.
Monday, April 18, 2011 10:37:54 AM
Is everything you do as well researched as this plea? There is NO UK governing body for trading standards. Trading Standards Institute is a membership organisation for Trading Standards Officers and has no power to ban anything! There is no Novel Foods ACT 1997, it is a regulation (which is different) and as has been said you can always have a SAFETY assessment done, presumably you won't because it would cost too much for you.
Did you, by the way want to import GM Mesquite, since GM foods were the main target of Novel foods? It works against large agri- business, not in it's favour. Of course if you want to sell it as a medicine you need to get a product license - but then you should - natural does not equal good, or effective!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 03:08:51 PM
You can try checking these books/articles, maybe they help you to find something:
* Goycoolea FM, Calderón de la Barca AM, Balderrama JG, Valenzuela JR, Hernández G (1998) Processing and functional behaviour of low-tannin mesquite gum. En Williams PA, Phillips GO (Eds.) Gums and Stabilizers for the food Industry 9. Royal Society of Chemistry. Cambridge, RU. pp. 305-313.
* Fox JE (1997) Seed Gums. En Imeson A (Ed.) Thickening and Gelling Agents for Food. Balckie Academic & Professional. Londres, RU. pp. 262-283.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 01:45:39 PM
What's the big deal? Just go through the process. It's not like it's banned or anything. You have to have it cleared through a safety assessment. Many merchants have gone through the process already. I find this post very misleading, as you are implying that foods not sold before 1997 can never be sold, and that is simply not true. Sounds more like you just don't want to go through the hassle:
Foods commercialised in at least one Member State before the entry into force of the Regulation on Novel Foods on 15 May 1997, are on the EU market under the "principle of mutual recognition". In order to ensure the highest level of protection of human health, novel foods must undergo a safety assessment before being placed on the EU market. Only those products considered to be safe for human consumption are authorised for marketing.
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Friday, March 4, 2011 06:25:40 AM
They know it's good so they are making it disappear
Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:53:28 AM
I have the best fudge recipie that has mesquite podwer in it.........I love it also on my berries with agave nectar.....mesquite is a protien