EFSA ENDORSES NOVEL SOURCES OF SILICON FOR USE IN FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

The European Food and Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that orthosilicic acid-vanillin complex (OSA-VC) is safe for use as an ingredient in food supplements at the proposed uses. The substance will, upon authorization by the European Commission, find approval as a novel food substance and therefore provide an additional source for the dietary intake of silicon. The EFSA panel did however propose that parameters are adopted in the final authorization to limit the ethanol, phosphorus and phosphate ion residuals in the manufacturing process.

EFSA Scientific Opinion on the Safety of orthosilicic acid-vanillin complex (OSA-VC) as a novel food ingredient to be used in food supplements as a source of silicon and bioavailability of silicon from the source