More validated but no light at the end of the tunnel for Efsa’s novel food applicants

Nearly six months after the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) put novel food assessments for cannabinoids on hold, none of the validated applicants has been able to fill the knowledge gaps the EU watchdog has identified.

While Efsa said in June that some candidates might already have been in a position to provide part of the missing data, and that it would engage with them to clarify what further information was needed, the agency now admits that none of the validated applicants has succeeded in addressing its requests.

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Tiziana Cauli

Senior reporter/health & science editor
Tiziana is an Italian journalist from Sardinia. She has worked for both international and local media in Italy, South Africa, France, Spain, the UK, Lebanon and Belgium. She also worked as a communications manager for several international NGOs in the humanitarian sector.

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