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Eurocrats Ban Mesquite Superfood

From Shazzie, Naked Chocolate co-author and CEO of Europe’s largest superfood company:

Save Measquite in European

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.

By the way, this declaration contradicts a clearing we had from them years ago, where they came to our warehouse and took several of our products for testing, mesquite being an ingredient in one of those products.

Unless we can find some last minute evidence, we will be forced to remove this beneficial and tasty food from stock. This doesn’t just affect us, it affects every distributor in the whole of the UK and Europe. It will be a huge loss for Europe as it’s a great superfood, low GI sweetner and a good gluten free flour.

If you have any information on mesquite meal/pod (not mesquite wood smoke as in Kettle Chips) being sold anywhere in Europe before 15th May 1997 please can you let me know? Please either email me via Facebook (http://facebook.com/doxtor) or call our offices on (UK) 08700 113 119. You can also contact the government department directly on NovelFoods@Foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk

Mesquite is related to carob, an indiginous European tree. Mesquite grows all over the Americas, The Canaries (which are European), Hawaii, Africa and Asia. It’s also known as Prosopis or Algaroba (as is carob). It been used as a staple for Native Americans throughout their history. There are many papers on the nutritional qualities of mesquite. It is widely known to be non-toxic to humans. This is our mesquite web page, where we are now selling it illegally as the law’s goalposts just suddenly changed: http://www.detoxyourworld.com/acatalog/mesquite.html

To be clear, the information we need is any documentation that shows mesquite meal or pod was traded or consumed in Europe or the UK before 15th May 1997.

Please could you also pass this on to anyone who may be able to help. We appreciate any leads at all.

Thank you for your time.

Shazzie (www.shazzie.com)
Managing Director, Rawcreation Ltd
Ecstatic Being : Visionary In Paradise : Author : Artist : Mother : Loveworker

Shazzie

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Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:01:00 AM
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Synopsis: 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.


Comments on Eurocrats Ban Mesquite Superfood



LordPlopington 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.
Andy 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!
Maite 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.

Good luck!
Tripontran 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.
Typical Pharma in with Big Gov Friday, March 4, 2011 06:25:40 AM
They know it's good so they are making it disappear
Angela 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


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