Other Substances

Hesperidin - Health Risk to the Population in Norway

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Publishing: 29.11.2024

Hovedbudskap:

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has requested the Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) to assess whether daily intake of hesperidin from orange extract and bitter orange extract in dietary supplements could pose a risk to the population in Norway.

VKM shall evaluate the daily intake of 2 mg, 25 mg, and 60 mg hesperidin per daily dose in dietary supplements intended for adults aged 18 and older.

VKM shall identify harmful health effects and describe at what doses they occur.

VKM shall also characterize the health risks associated with exposure to the substance.

Background

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority has received an application according to the regulations in "Regulation 26 February 2010 no. 247 on the addition of vitamins, minerals, and certain other substances to foods" (the regulation) regarding the addition of hesperidin from orange extract and bitter orange extract in dietary supplements intended for adults aged 18 and older. This assignment is an "other substances" assignment. The risk assessment will provide the Norwegian Food Safety Authority with a knowledge base to handle applications for dietary supplements containing hesperidin.

The project group:

  • Johanna Bodin –VKM's Panel for Genetically Modified Organisms - Food and Feed (Scientific leader of the project)
  • Tim Hofer – VKM's Panel on Plant Protection Products (Member)
  • Mette Helen Bjørge Müller – VKM's Panel on Plant Protection Products (Member)
  • Nana Yaa Boahene - VKM’s secretariat (Project Manager)

VKM's Panel on Plant Protection Products will be responsible for this risk assessment, supplemented by Inger Aakre and Knut Dalen, members of the Panel on Nutrition, Dietetic Products, Novel Food, and Allergy. The risk assessment is scheduled to be published on November 29, 2024.

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