Risk assessment of melatonin in food supplements
The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) has received a request for a risk assessment of melatonin in food supplements from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA).
NFSA requests VKM to examine:
- daily intake of 0.2 mg melatonin in food supplement for the age group 3-6 years
- daily intake of 0.3 mg melatonin in food supplement for the age group 7-10 years
- daily intake of 0.5 mg melatonin in food supplement for the age group 11-18 years
It is further specified that if these daily doses are safe, VKM shall identify the highest safe daily dose for children and adolescents up to and including food supplements added 1 mg melatonin.
For the daily doses of melatonin in food supplements that are safe for children and young people, VKM shall consider how long these can be used continuously without causing adverse health effects.
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority requests VKM to assess whether there is a health risk associated with a daily intake of dietary supplements with 1 mg melatonin for healthy people over the age of 18 for a period of three months. If there is no health risk associated with this, VKM shall consider how long a food supplement added 1 mg melatonin can be used continuously without causing adverse health effects.
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