Safety concerns regarding plant food supplements Conference Paper uri icon


  • In the last years, plant food supplements (PFS) consumption has been increasing in developed countries, in part reflecting the growing acceptance and use of alternative/traditional medicine but also due to the common idea that PFS are natural products posing no risks to human health. Being legally considered as foods under Directive 2002/46/EC, PFS are under control of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and do not require the same requisites as traditional herbal medicines for legal authorization In practice, this means that several products are being sold under the umbrella of PSF, being easily avaiJable in supermarkets, .TV shops and the internet, and not under the supervision and control of the' health authorities.
  • to FCT (PEst-C/EQB/LA0006/2013 and EXPL/DTP-SAP/1438/2013) and QREN (NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000069-CIENCIA DO ALIMENTO)

publication date

  • January 1, 2014