Other substances

Eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahxaenoic acid in food supplements


Report no:

Publishing: 01.10.2021

Key message:

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has commissioned the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) to assess the risk of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in food supplements.

VKM will assess the risk of DHA and EPA to children and adolescents (ages 3-18) in Norway. Specifically, VKM has been asked to examine whether a daily intake of 1100 mg DHA, 1550 mg EPA, or a combination of both 1100 mg DHA and 1550 mg EPA could constitute a health risk for this age group.

The risk assessment is scheduled to be published 1 October, 2021.

The risk assessment is part of the assignment to risk assess «other substances». A protocol has been made, describing how VKM assesses the risk of these substances.

The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment

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