IADSA update on international supplement regulations

IADSA update on international supplement regulations

December 2019 IADSA Newsflash

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2019

AHPA is an active member of IADSA and is distributing the IADSA Newsflash as a member benefit. IADSA is an association focused on the globalization of food supplement markets and regulatory challenges. This issue of the IADSA Newsflash covers:

  • China has announced new health food naming guidelines for 2019, which include several naming conventions that must be included on labels.
  • The European Commission has recently lowered the level of citrinin (a mycotoxin) in food supplements based on rice fermented with red yeast Monascus purpureus to 100 µg/kg effective April 1, 2020. The previously allowed level was 2000 µg/kg, but evaluation of recent toxicity data and occurrence data in red yeast rice prompted the change.
  • In Belgium, the intake of curcuminoids with their natural bioavailability (original bioavailability, present by nature/not reinforced by using other substances such as piperin/quercetin) must be limited to 500 mg of curcuminoids per day. A brief review by AHPA has indicated that recommended dosages in excess of 500 mg/day are not uncommon so marketers selling in the Belgium market may wish to review their product usage recommendations. Belgium Has also introduced some labeling requirements.
  • French authorities have recently issued a caution for the intake of supplements containing berberine. The agency cited adverse effects at doses over 600 mg/day and potential interactions with some medications.
  • Poland continues to work on determining limits for some food supplement ingredients, including caffeine.

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