Risk assessment of “other substances” – Inulin. Opinion of the Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Aids, Materials in Contact with Food and Cosmetics of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety
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The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM) has, at the request of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, assessed the risk of intake of 3 g/day of inulin in food supplements. In the risk characterization, the intake of 5 g/day of inulin from agave and Jerusalem artichoke and 10 g/day of inulin from chicory root and globe artichoke (corresponding to 71 and 143 mg/kg bw per day, respectively, in a 70 kg adult) were chosen as the values for comparison. No specific studies on children (10 to <14 years) and adolescents (14 to <18 years) were identified. Based on the included literature there was no evidence indicating that age affects tolerance for inulin. Therefore, a tolerance as for adults, based on body weight, was assumed for children and adolescents, in the comparison with human data. VKM concludes that it is unlikely that a daily dose of 3 g of inulin from food supplements causes adverse health effects in children (10 to <14 years), adolescents (14 to <18 years) and adults (≥18 years).