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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

What is Nutrivigilance?

The consumption habits, market offer and distribution channels for food supplements, novel foods, fortified foods and beverages, and foodstuffs for people with specific needs are constantly changing. Yet these products, often perceived by consumers as harmless, can under certain conditions expose them to risks. In order to identify the possible adverse effects of these foods and to reinforce consumer safety, ANSES has been tasked since 2010 with a nutritional vigilance mission. Since the Nutrivigilance scheme was set up, ANSES has issued recommendations on nine different products. So-called energy drinks, food supplements containing alcoholic extracts of yam, red yeast rice and p-synephrine, an instant almond-based beverage for 12-month-old infants, etc., have all been the subject of opinions by the Agency, and three other types of food supplements are also currently under examination. Since each opinion launched is based on the declarations of adverse effects received by ANSES, healthcare professionals are an essential link in making the Nutrivigilance scheme work.

Nutrivigilance, a scheme devoted to consumer safety

The consumption and availability of food supplements as well as of certain special food items such as energy drinks, are in constant progression. Meanwhile, distribution channels are diversifying, especially with regard to the Internet. However, these new products, often perceived by consumers as without danger, can under certain conditions expose them to risks.  Because of this, ANSES has been tasked since 2010 with a nutrivigilance mission whose objective is to ...

Published on 07/10/2014 Read more

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