List of non-novel products of plant breeding for food use

This list includes products of plant breeding that don’t meet the definition of “novel food,” but are intended for food use in Canada. These plants aren’t subject to pre-market assessment before their use in the Canadian food supply as they are considered “non-novel.”

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The list complements Health Canada’s list of non-novel determinations for food and food ingredients, which includes all other non-novel determinations for food use (that is, products not of plant breeding). 

The sale of a food or food ingredient that poses a hazard to the health of consumers violates the Food and Drugs Act.


List of non-novel products of plant breeding for food use

Date

Product Name

Plant

Plant developer

Technology

Characteristic(s)

Mechanism(s) of Action

Food Use(s)

Earliest Entry to Market Date

2021-10-18

BJ-ALS-B653 and BJ-ALS-A653

Mustard (Brassica juncea)

Mustard 21 Canada Inc.

Conventional breeding; classical mutagenesis

Herbicide tolerance

Point mutation in a gene encoding an acetolactate synthase (ALS) involved in amino acid synthesis

Condiment mustard usage

2024

2020-02-25

Next Generation Waxy corn

Corn (Zea mays)

Pioneer Hi-Bred Canada Company

Gene editing - CRISPR-Cas9

High amylopectin starch

Deletion of a gene involved in amylose production 

Starch

Not available at this time

2016-08-18

5720

Canola (Brassica napus)

Cibus US LLC

Conventional breeding; tissue culture

Herbicide tolerance

Point mutation in a gene encoding an acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS) involved in amino acid synthesis

Oil

2017

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