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PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment

Objective

Plant food supplements, or botanicals, have high acceptance by European consumers. Potentially, they can deliver significant health benefits, safely, and at relatively low costs. New regulations and EFSA guidance are also now in. However, concerns about safety, quality and efficacy of these products remain, and bottle-necks in risk and benefit assessments need to be solved. PlantLIBRA (PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment) aims to foster the safe use of food supplements containing plants or herbal extracts, by increasing science-based decision-making by regulators and food chain operators. To make informed decisions, competent authorities and food businesses need more quality-assured and accessible information and better tools (e.g. metadatabanks). PlantLIBRA is structured to develop, validate and disseminate data and methodologies for risk and benefit assessment and implement sustainable international cooperation. International cooperation, on-spot and in-language capacity building are necessary to ensure the quality of the plants imported in the EU. PlantLibra spans 4 continents and 23 partners, comprising leading academics, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises, industry and non-profit organizations. Through its partners it exploits the databases and methodologies of two Network of Excellences, EuroFIR and Moniqa. Plantlibra will also fill the gap in intake data by conducting harmonized field surveys in the regions of the EU and apply consumer sciences to botanicals. Existing composition and safety data will be collated into a meta-databank and new analytical data and methods will be generated. The overarching aim is to integrate diverse scientific expertise into a single “science of botanicals”. PlantLIBRA works closely with EFSA since several PlantLIBRA partners or experts are involved in the relevant EFSA Working Groups, and also plans shoulder-to-shoulder cooperation with competent authorities and stakeholders.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
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Elda Desiderio Pinto (Ms.)
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BioDetection Systems B.V.
Netherlands
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Science Park 406
1098 XH Amsterdam

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Yvette T.M. Van Scheppingen (Dr.)
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
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Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria

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Jerrey Mokati (Ms.)
European Advisory Services
Belgium
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€ 176 598
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Rue De L'asssociation 50
1000 Brussels

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Simon Pettman (Mr.)
EUROPEAN RESPONSIBLE NUTRITION ALLIANCE

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Belgium
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Rue De L'association 50
1000 Brussels

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Patrick Coppens (Mr.)
ELINTARVIKETURVALLISUUSVIRASTO EVIRA
Finland
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Mustialankatu 3
00790 Helsinki

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Italy
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Via Dei Monfortani 57 B
00100 Roma

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Lucilla Caricchio (Ms.)
FUNDACIO PRIVADA PER A LA INVESTIGACIO NUTRICIONAL
Spain
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Calle Montnegre 18 Esc A Planta En Puerta 2
08029 Barcelona

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Lourdes Ribas-Barba (Dr.)
ICC-INTERNATIONAL ASSOCATION FOR CEREAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Austria
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Stubenring 12
1010 Wien

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Roland Poms (Dr.)
QUADRAM INSTITUTE BIOSCIENCE
United Kingdom
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Quadram Institute Bioscience Norwich Research Park
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Mary Anderson (Dr.)
Institute of Medicinal Plant Development , Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
China
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€ 92 400
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Malianwa North Road 151
100193 Beijing

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Chang Qi (Prof.)
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
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PHYTOLAB GMBH & CO KG
Germany
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Dutendorfer Strasse 5-7
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SOCIETA ITALIANA DELLE SCIENZE E DELLE TECNICHE ERBORISTICHE
Italy
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Via Filargo 38
20143 Milano

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Trovato Marinella (Dr.)
SCHWEIZERISCHES TOXIKOLOGISCHES INFORMATIONSZENTRUM
Switzerland
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Freiestrasse 16
8032 Zuerich

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Hugo Kupferschmidt (Dr.)
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
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Mannerheimintie 166
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UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina
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Calle Viamonte 430
1053 Buenos Aires

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UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
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Stag Hill
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Sue Angulatta (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
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Woodhouse Lane
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UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
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VETERINAERMEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
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Barbara Greineder (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
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6708 PB Wageningen

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Jos Teunissen
EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION RESSOURCE AISBL
Belgium
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Rue Washington 40
1050 Bruxelles

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Food and Environment Research Agency
United Kingdom
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Area 1a, Nobel House, Smith Square 17
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Paul Whitfield (Mr.)
EUROPEAN BOTANICAL FORUM AISBL
Belgium
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€ 13 708,32
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Rue De L'association 50
1000 Brussels

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Patrick Coppens (Dr.)