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Frequently Asked Questions on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Foods

Updated BfR FAQ of 28 September 2016

High levels of 1,2-unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) have been detected in teas and herbal teas in the course of various test projects. Higher PA levels can also occur in certain honeys, depending on their origin. In addition to this, one case has occurred in Germany where lettuce was contaminated with plants containing PAs of the genus Senecio (ragwort, groundsel).

As pyrrolizidine alkaloids are undesired in foods and feeds due to their health-damaging potential, the BfR is of the opinion that above all food companies must take measures to lower the contamination of foods with PAs. The BfR has compiled questions and answers on this subject.

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Date Title Größe
28.09.2016
BfR Opinion No. 030/2016
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids: Levels in foods should continue to be kept as low as possible 42.4 KB
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Date Title Größe
28.09.2016
Updated BfR FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Foods 49.5 KB
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