Legislative control of quinoa in the United Kingdom and European Union

Journal article

Ojinnaka, D (2016). Legislative control of quinoa in the United Kingdom and European Union. Madridge Journal of Food Technology. 1 (1), pp. 53 - 57 (4).
AuthorsOjinnaka, D

In this chapter food safety control in relation to quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd) as food and food ingredient was discussed and evaluated through a critical examination of the current statutory provisions at United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) Levels. The risk if any, posed by quinoa seeds from production to consumption were identified and suggestions for compliance were made. Quinoa though novel in the UK and marketed loosely as superfood apparently does not warrant any specific (vertical) food safety control requirements and thus is not restricted by the Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97. This assertion is supported through the composition; the constituents are non-toxic, consumption of quinoa in South America dates to back to several centuries and there is no reported adverse food safety incident. However quinoa, like all foods must meet food safety requirements as stated in the Food Safety Act 1990 as amended and Regulation (EC) 178 /2002 on general food law.

KeywordsQuinoa, EU food safety legislation, the Food Safety Act 1990, Regulation (EC) 178 / 2002, Novel Food Regulation (EC) No. 258/97.
JournalMadridge Journal of Food Technology
Journal citation1 (1), pp. 53 - 57 (4)
PublisherMadridge Publishers
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.18689/mjft.2016-108
Publication dates
Print08 Oct 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited18 Jan 2017
Accepted04 Oct 2016
Accepted author manuscript
CC BY 4.0
Publisher's version
CC BY 4.0
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