Evira requires a warning label on food supplements containing ginger as well as on ginger tea and corresponding drink powders

23.7.2009

<p>The assessment by Evira’s expert network on the safety of the consumption of food supplements containing ginger during pregnancy indicates that there is reason to limit the consumption of ginger products as well as the abundant or long-term consumption of ginger tea during pregnancy.</p>

According to the assessment, some of the chemical components in ginger might be harmful to the development of the foetus. Therefore Evira considers it to be appropriate to follow the precautionary principle, and to warn expectant mothers regarding the use of ginger products by way of labelling on the packaging "Not recommended for pregnant women". The businesses must issue the warning on food supplements containing ginger as well as on ginger tea and corresponding drink powders.

The warning labelling also means that food supplements containing ginger, ginger tea and similar powdered drinks can not be advertised or otherwise marketed to expectant mothers.

More information on the warning labelling:
http://www.evira.fi/portal/en/food/control_and_entrepreneurs/labelling_of_foodstuffs/warning_labelling_and_instructions_for_use/warning_label_to_be_added_on_food_supplements_containing_ginger_as_well_as_on_ginger_tea__and_corresponding_drink_powders/

For more information, please contact:
Senior Researcher Kirsi-Helena Liukkonen (safety assessment) tel. 020 772 4029, kirsi-helena.liukkonen at-merkki.gifevira.fi 
Senior Officer Minna-Maija Väänänen (warning labels) tel. 020 772 4295
minna-maija.vaananen at-merkki.gifevira.fi

 

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