The European Commission authorised the following novel foods as traditional food from a third country in February and March 2023:
- dried nuts of Canarium ovatum Engl., commonly known as Pili nuts, and
- dried nuts of Canarium indicum L., called “Kenari nuts”
The authorisations are based on two reports of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in which the Authority concluded that the available data on the composition and the history of the requested use in the Philippines (Pili nuts) and the Spice Islands region of Indonesia (Kenari nuts), do not raise safety concerns (EFSA Supporting publication 2022:EN-7314; EFSA Supporting publication 2022:EN-7640).
The labelling of the foodstuffs containing the dried nuts shall bear a statement that the dried nuts may cause allergic reactions to consumers with known allergies to cashew and walnut (Pili Nuts) and to hazel, cashew and pistachio (Kenari nuts), respectively.
Further details, such as the designation of the traditional food and specifications are defined in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/267 (Canarium ovatum) and in Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/667 (Canarium indicum) respectively.