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Nutrition, Dietetic Products, Novel Food and Allergy

Chromium – assessment of suggested maximum limits in food supplements

Report no: 2018: 06

Ordered: 06.10.2017

Published: 14.03.2018

Key message:

The suggested maximum limits for chromium in food supplements from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority are all below the tolerable daily intake at 300 µg/kg body weight per day.

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) has evaluated intake of chromium, tolerable upper intake levels and consequences of establishing maximum limits for chromium in food supplements at 50, 125, 200 or 300 µg per day.

Intakes below the tolerable daily intake

No tolerable upper intake level has been established for chromium. The EFSA CONTAM Panel has, however, suggested a tolerable daily intake of chromium at 300 µg/kg body weight per day.

In all age groups except for the youngest children, the chromium intakes will be ten times lower than this tolerable daily intake, even with the highest suggested maximum limit for chromium in food supplements. In the youngest children, the intake will be about nine times lower.

This VKM-opinion is based merely on previously published reports on upper intake levels of chromium, and no systematic literature search has been conducted.

The VKM´s panel on nutrition, dietetic products, novel food and allergy is responsible for the opinion.

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment

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