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A new EU Regulation extends the use of the novel food astaxanthin-rich oleoresin from Haematococcus pluvialis algae in supplements to children under 14 years.

The maximum levels of astaxanthin in the Union list of novel foods are now as follows [1]:

  • 2,3 mg astaxanthin per day for children 3 to less than 10 years of age;
  • 5,7 mg astaxanthin per day for adolescents 10 to less than 14 years of age; and
  • 8 mg astaxanthin per day for general population older than 14 years of age.

Previously labeling requirements in the Union List mandated a statement that of food supplements containing the ingredient “should not be consumed by infants, children, and adolescents younger than 14 years”.

Now, the labelling shall bear a statement that they should not be consumed:

  1. if other food supplements containing astaxanthin esters are consumed on the same day;

  2. by infants and young children under 3 years of age;

  3. by infants and children under 10 years of age (depending on the age group the supplement is intended for); or

  4. by infants, children and adolescents under 14 years of age (depending on the age group the supplement is intended for).

Astaxanthin is often used for its anti-oxidant properties and several other fysiological effects. However, there is no health claim pending or authorized in the EU.

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