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

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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Address

Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 736 620

Administrative Contact

Elda Desiderio Pinto (Ms.)

Participants (25)

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BioDetection Systems B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 133 176

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 301 278

European Advisory Services

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 176 598

EUROPEAN RESPONSIBLE NUTRITION ALLIANCE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 211,68

ELINTARVIKETURVALLISUUSVIRASTO EVIRA

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 180 360

HYLOBATES CONSULTING S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 480 572,31

FUNDACIO PRIVADA PER A LA INVESTIGACIO NUTRICIONAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 415 191,50

ICC-INTERNATIONAL ASSOCATION FOR CEREAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 135 174

QUADRAM INSTITUTE BIOSCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 154 509

Institute of Medicinal Plant Development , Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences

China

EU Contribution

€ 92 400

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 291 960

PHYTOLAB GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 202 534

SOCIETA ITALIANA DELLE SCIENZE E DELLE TECNICHE ERBORISTICHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 284 624

SCHWEIZERISCHES TOXIKOLOGISCHES INFORMATIONSZENTRUM

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 105 270

TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 141 981

UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 62 100

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 242 476,50

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 326 712

UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 58 800

UNIVERSITATEA TRANSILVANIA DIN BRASOV

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 192 256

VETERINAERMEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 342 264

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 432 600

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION RESSOURCE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 398 854,69

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 83 703

EUROPEAN BOTANICAL FORUM AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 13 708,32

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245199

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2010

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 818 570,67

  • EU contribution

    € 5 985 934

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

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