Market trends and major challenges in relation to food supplements products safety and compliance

- The implications of general food safety provisions for food supplements
- The importance of EFSA
- Enforcement and control and the challenges of on-line sales

Food supplements are perceived as a risky product category, with many notifications of un safe products in the rapid alert system. However, analysis shows that most of the issues relate to a small number of unapproved (novel) food compounds and an even lower number of products that are wilfully adulterated.
Nevertheless, the call for safety assessments, even of ingredients with a long-standing history of safe use, is increasing and the Commission has recently requested EFSA to perform a number of risk assessments, for compounds including red yeast rice (Monakolin K), hydroxyanthracene derivatives and green tea catechins. These assessments form the basis for risk assessment measures undertaken by the Commission.