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