Responding to a novel food application submitted pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 258/97, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has verified the safety of cow’s milk treated with ultraviolet (UV) radiation to extend its shelf life. According to the NDA, the UV treatment increased the milk’s D3 concentrations but not in amounts likely to exceed the tolerable upper intake levels established by EFSA for children ages 1–10 years, adolescents and adults.

“UV-treated milk is comparable to non-UV-treated milk, except for the vitamin D3 content,” states the NDA opinion. “No adverse effects regarding the contribution of milk to nutrient intakes are expected from the consumption of UV-treated milk in substitution of non-UV-treated milk. The Panel considers that the novel food is not nutritionally disadvantageous.”