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Botanicals have gained popularity as ingredients in food supplements and are lately also collected from the wild and used in ordinary food. However, some botanicals may pose a risk to human health. Join the international conference on botanicals in food to gain knowledge about state-of-the-art risk assessment and regulation. The conference takes place on 19-20 November 2014 in the Copenhagen area in Denmark and is organised by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, in collaboration with the French institute for risk assessment, ANSES, and the equivalent German institute, BfR.

Botanicals - mainly plants but also algae, fungi (mushrooms) and lichens - have gained popularity as ingredients in food supplements that are sold in retail stores and on the internet. Botanicals are lately also collected from the wild and used in ordinary food.

However, some botanicals or botanical preparations may pose a risk to human health, and safety data on botanicals are usually limited compared to data for e.g. assessment of food additives. Also data on constituents and potential toxic effects of wild plants are limited compared to data on cultivated food plants.

Safety assessment of botanicals and preparations thereof used in food supplements is not subject to EU regulation but to management by national food authorities in member states.

Join the international conference on botanicals in food to gain knowledge and participate in discussions about state-of-the-art risk assessment and regulation.

The conference is hosted by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, in collaboration with the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) and the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany.

Programme

Visit the conference website to read more about the conference.

Time

Wednesday, 19 November, to Thursday, 20 November 2014.

Location

Technical University of Denmark
Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Oticon Hall
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Denmark

Registration

Registration is possible from the conference website. Participant fee is 90 euros (675 DKK).

The conference is relevant to universities, research institutions, regulatory bodies, food control institutions, the media and companies working in the field.

Contact

If you have questions about the scientific programme or the practical information please contact the National Food Institute at food@food.dtu.dk.