The European Food Safety Authority’s new ANS Panel (on food additives and nutrient sources) has sprung into action with the issue of two opinions on ingredients for use in food supplements. Reassuringly, the Panel has no safety concerns on the use of calcium sulphate as a source of calcium (with an anticipated maximum daily dose of 800 mg Ca) or on the use of 5′‑deoxyadenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin as sources of vitamin B12 (providing up to 500 µg vitamin B12/day).

[Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) on a request from the Commission on calcium sulphate for use as a source of calcium in food supplements (Question No. EFSA-Q-2005-075). Adopted on 24 September 2008. The EFSA Journal 2008, 814, 1 {179186}. Also ANS Opinion on 5′-deoxyadenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin as sources for vitamin B12 (Question Nos. EFSA-Q-2005-165, EFSA-Q-2005-173 and EFSA-Q-2006-280). Adopted on 25 September 2008. The EFSA Journal 2008, 815, 1 {179206}. (Available at and respectively.)]

The above item is taken from the November 2008 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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