Safety of low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose (L-HPC) to be used as a food additive in food supplements in tablet form

food additive, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, L-HPC, food supplements
First published in the EFSA Journal
20 January 2018
24 October 2017
Scientific Opinion


Low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose (L-HPC) is a low-substituted poly(hydroxypropyl) ether of cellulose. L-HPC is proposed for use as a food additive in food supplements in solid form (tablet), with a maximum use level of 20,000 mg/kg and a typical use level of 10,000 mg/kg. Exposure estimates to L-HPC from its proposed use were calculated for both typical and maximum use levels. Due to the close chemical relationship between L-HPC and other celluloses recently re-evaluated by EFSA, the Panel decided to read-across the biological data already evaluated in the context of the re-evaluation programme. The Panel concluded that there was no safety concern from the proposed use and use levels of L-HPC.

Panel members at the time of adoption

Peter Aggett, Fernando Aguilar, Riccardo Crebelli, Birgit Dusemund, Metka Filipič, Maria Jose Frutos, Pierre Galtier, David Gott, Ursula Gundert-Remy, Gunter Georg Kuhnle, Claude Lambré, Jean-Charles Leblanc, Inger Therese Lillegaard, Peter Moldeus, Alicja Mortensen, Agneta Oskarsson, Ivan Stankovic, Ine Waalkens-Berendsen, Rudolf Antonius Woutersen, Matthew Wright and Maged Younes.
Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources Added to Food
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EFSA Journal 2018;16(1):5062
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