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July 18, 2017

Food Ingredient: l-ergotinone allowed in dietary supplements (EU Decision 2017/1281)

The European Commission, with EU Regulation of 13 July 2017 no. 1281, authorized the use of l-ergotionine in food supplements, in accordance with the rules governing new products and novel food ingredients.

Provisions provided for in EU Decision no. 2017/1281

EU authorizes the use of l-ergotionine in food supplements for the general population, excluding infants and young children in early childhood and pregnant and lactating women, with a maximum content of:

  • 30 mg / day for the general population (excluding pregnant and lactating women);
  • 20 mg / day for children older than 3 years in capsules or in tablets.

In order to be marketed in the European Union, the new ingredient  must comply with the technical specifications set out in the Annex of the new Decision.l


The authorized name to be included in the labeling of food supplements containing l-ergotionine is "l-ergotionein".