Safety of egg membrane hydrolysate as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283

egg membrane hydrolysate, novel food, safety
First published in the EFSA Journal
23 Julio 2018
18 Abril 2018
Scientific Opinion


Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver a scientific opinion on egg membrane hydrolysate as a novel food (NF) pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283. The NF is a water‐soluble hydrolysate of egg membrane, produced by alkaline treatment of the thin layer lining the shells of chicken eggs. The main constituents of the NF are elastin, collagen and glycosaminoglycans. The information provided on the production process, batch‐to‐batch variability, composition and specifications of the NF is sufficient and does not raise safety concerns. The NF is proposed to be used as a food supplement for adults, at a maximum daily amount of 450 mg. The consumption of the NF is not nutritionally disadvantageous. One human study, which was not designed for safety but included a number of endpoints pertaining to safety, did not raise safety concerns. The Panel considers that taking into account the information provided and considering the nature, the source and the production process of the NF, there are no safety concerns for the NF at the proposed conditions of use. The Panel concludes that the NF, egg membrane hydrolysate, is safe as a food supplement at a dose of 450 mg/day. The target population for the NF is the general adult population.

Panel members at the time of adoption

Jean‐Louis Bresson, Barbara Burlingame, Tara Dean, Susan Fairweather‐Tait, Marina Heinonen, Karen Ildico Hirsch‐Ernst, Inge Mangelsdorf, Harry J McArdle, Androniki Naska, Monika Neuhäuser‐Berthold, Grażyna Nowicka, Kristina Pentieva, Yolanda Sanz, Alfonso Siani, Anders Sjödin, Martin Stern, Daniel Tomé, Dominique Turck, Henk van Loveren, Marco Vinceti and Peter Willatts.
Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies
nda [at]
EFSA Journal 2018;16(7):5363
Question Number
On request from
European Commission following an application by Biova, LLC (Iowa, USA)