Thursday, 16 April 2020
This statement examines the risks of botanicals, and derived preparations made from plants, algae, fungi or lichens,
Botanicals, and derived preparations made from plants, algae, fungi or lichens, have become widely available on the EU market in the form of food supplements. Such products are typically labelled as ‘natural foods’ and a variety of claims are made regarding their possible health benefits. These products can be bought in pharmacies, supermarkets, specialist shops and online via the internet. Some concerns exist about their safety and quality, including the risk of chemical or microbiological contamination and the need to ensure that concentrations of these substances are within safe limits.
This Statement addresses a “Request for Advice” from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) Scientific Committee entitled, “A scientific review of the BELFRIT approach to risk assessment of botanicals and its applicability in Ireland”.