Novel Foods Section

The Novel Foods Section assesses the safety of novel foods in partnership with the Bureau of Chemical Safety and the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences.

Activities of the Novel Foods Section include:

  • Coordinating and conducting pre-market safety assessments of novel foods, including foods derived from biotechnology;
  • Evaluating both the microbiological and molecular biological aspects of novel foods; and
  • Developing policies and guidelines to regulate and conduct safety assessments of novel foods sold in Canada.

Health Canada is responsible for establishing standards and policies governing the safety and nutritional quality of foods, including novel and genetically modified foods sold in Canada and has published Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods (2006).

Since 1999, Canadian officials have delivered capacity building workshops to over twenty countries, providing regulators with hands-on experience in the food safety assessment of foods.

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