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Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food why the low-calorie fat product Simplesse was not subject to clearance by either the committee on toxicity or the advisory committee on novel foods and processes.

I have been asked to reply.Simplesse is made from traditional food ingredients (egg and milk proteins) and as such is subject to the controls of the Food Acts. It was considered by the advisory committee on novel foods and processes at its meeting on 23 September 1989. The committee concluded that the product did not constitute a novel food since neither the raw materials nor the production process are novel. It was considered that the potential use of the product may have nutritional implications and these remain under consideration.