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BELGIUM – ADVICE ON USE OF UBIQUINONE AND UBIQUINOL FOR USE IN FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

Belgium

Aug 01, 2018

In a recent report from the Belgian High Health Council, the latter body advises against the demand for a higher maximum use level of ubiquinol in food supplements. The assessment on the use of ubiquinone and ubiquinol originates from a request by the Belgian sector association NAREDI, to increase the permitted level ubiquinone from 200 mg/day to 300 mg/day allowed in food supplements. The report also considers the use of ubiquinol. For the latter compound currently no maximum permitted level applies in Belgium.

In the opinion of the Health Council nothing illustrates that there would be any benefit for the general, healthy population from the consumption of higher levels of ubiquinone. Similarly for ubiquinol, no evident health benefits were identified leading to the conclusion that a 200 mg/day would be appropriate. In its assessment the High Council refers to earlier EFSA opinions were the cause effect relationship of several proposed health claims could not be established as well as opinions from the Italian and Spanish authorities which advocated a maximum level of 200 mg/day for ubiquinone in food supplements.

Hoge gezondheidsraad - algemeen advies betreffende het gehalte aan “ubiquinon” in voedingssupplementen en advies betreffende de veiligheid van het ingrediënt “ubiquinol” in voedingssupplementen – link (dutch)/(french)

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