If the opinion is accepted the ingredient could enter the food supply as early as next year. It is already approved for use in food supplements in the 27-member EU bloc.
The review applies to functional foods and medical foods.
James Komorowski, vice president, research and development at Nutrition 21, which applied for the safety review, commented: “The safety review was extensive and included a review of Nutrition 21’s safety data on Chromax chromium picolinate, our manufacturing and product specifications, and the long-term, high-dose, toxicity studies independently conducted by the US National Toxicology Program.”
The safety review included over 140 references.