Outcome of a public consultation on the draft Scientific Opinion of the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) on the safety of caffeine
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out a public consultation to receive input from the scientific community and all interested parties on the draft scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine, prepared by the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA Panel) and endorsed by the Panel for public consultation at its Plenary meeting on 10 December 2014. The written public consultation for this document was open from 15 January 2015 to 15 March 2015. EFSA received comments from 27 interested parties. As part of EFSA’s public consultation, a stakeholder meeting was held in Brussels on 5 March 2015. An additional meeting to exchange views with the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) and the German Federal Risk Institute (BfR) was held on 13 April 2015. EFSA and its NDA Panel wish to thank all stakeholders for their contributions. The current report summarises the outcome of the public consultation, and it includes a summary of the comments received and how the comments were addressed. The NDA Panel then prepared an updated version of the scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine taking into account the questions/comments received. The opinion was discussed and adopted at the NDA Panel Plenary meeting on 23 April 2015, and it is published in the EFSA Journal.