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Frequently Asked Questions on Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Foods

Updated BfR FAQ of 14 June 2018

High levels of 1,2-unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) have been detected in tea and herbal tea varieties in the course of various scientific projects. High levels of 1,2-unsaturated PAs can also occur in certain honeys, depending on their origin. In addition, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the health risks resulting from a lettuce mixture that was complained by a food control authority due to a contamination with Senecio vulgaris (ragwort, groundsel).

As 1,2-unsaturated PAs 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 1,2-unsaturated PAs. The BfR has compiled questions and answers on this subject.

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14.06.2018
Updated BfR FAQ
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