Novel foods regulation is a ‘huge hurdle’ said Leonie Jahn, co-founder MATR Foods, which is producing plant-based meat alternatives based on fungal fermentation. Europe’s approval process is highly limiting what can be done and how fast and how viable the business plan is,”​ she said. “Also, for a university it is difficult to get the funding needed for toxicological studies; on the other hand it is important that we make sure the food we develop is safe.”​ That’s important, she stressed, given the contamination risks associated with fungi.

Source: EU novel foods regulation ‘hindering innovation’ in meat alternatives sector