Food supplements contain Pueraria mirifica plant classified as novel food

8.10.2009

<p>Food supplements containing Pueraria mirifica plant have been marketed in several online stores on the Internet. However, the authorisation referred to in the Novel Food Regulation has not been applied for these products and their marketing is therefore not allowed in the EU.</p>

As a result of this, Finnish importers have in cooperation with the municipal food control authorities withdrawn the products from the market, posted information about the matter on their web sites and also contacted directly consumers who have purchased the product. RASFF notifications (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) have also been submitted regarding these products.

Pueraria mirifica is classified as a novel food, because it is not known to have a significant history of consumption as a food in the EU. The authorisation referred to in the Novel Food Regulation has not been applied for the products and there is not enough information about the safety of the product available to the consumers. Products of this type may not be marketed in the EU.

Pueraria mirifica is a plant indigenous to Thailand. The roots of the plant have been used in the production of food supplements such as AINTEROL Pueraria, Pueraplus, Pueragold and PM PhytoGen Complex.
The Thai name for Pueraria mirifica is White Kwao Krua.

More information about novel foods is available at http://www.evira.fi/portal/en/food/control_and_entrepreneurs/novel_foods/

For more information, please contact
Sanna Viljakainen, Senior officer, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24291, sanna.viljakainen@evira.fi

 

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