Based on the results of high-throughput whole genome sequence analyses, scientists have concluded that the bacterial genus of Lactobacillus is too heterogenous. Therefore, the taxonomy of this genus has to be rethought and a formal split of the genus is unavoidable. The genus will potentially be split up into 10 to 23 different genera!
On the 19th November 2019, Nicoleta Pasecinic, regulatory affairs manager at Pen & Tec, delivered a presentation followed by a panel discussion at the European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology (ESIB). The presentation introduced the definition of novel food, explored the steps taken to confirm whether any food is not novel and it highlighted the main actors, procedures and timelines in achieving a novel food authorisation.