EFSA has launched an open consultation on its draft opinion on alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). Following a request from the European Commission, this document of the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) discusses data on the relationship between intake of alpha-lipoic acid (or thioctic acid) and the risk of insulin autoimmune syndrome (IAS) and investigates whether a dose may be set below which ALA added to foods is not expected to cause IAS in the general population or in vulnerable subgroups. This request refers to the procedure under Article 8 (2) of Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 on the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods.
Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 25 February 2021. Please use the electronic template provided to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. To submit additional data to support your comments or files, there is an upload feature available in the tool (for a maximum size of 1Mb file). Otherwise you can also contact the Nutrition Unit’s functional mailbox nda_admin [at] efsa.europa.eu.
Please note that comments will not be considered if they:
- are submitted after the closing date of the consultation
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Submit comments (deadline: 25 February 2021)