Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice: Time for EU harmonisation?

Special edition: Botanicals

Red yeast rice: Time for EU harmonisation?

By Niamh Michail

Different maximum limits for red yeast rice mean the natural cholesterol management product is a food supplement in one country but a drug in others. Is it time for EU harmonisation?

French question red yeast rice safety

French question red yeast rice safety


The French food safety agency (ANSES) has called for input into the safety of red yeast rice – commonly used in food supplements with EFSA-backed cholesterol management health claims – after it was made aware of 25 adverse events.

Red yeast rice: Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels

Gee Lawson enters China-dominated red yeast rice supply

By Shane Starling

UK supplier Gee Lawson has debuted organic red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) into a sector dominated by Chinese supply and which has won a European Union health claim for cholesterol maintenance.

Or not?

EFSA health claim opinions

Red yeast rice and creatine win positive health claim opinions (but…)

By Shane Starling

European health claim experts say the devil may be in the detail of two positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions for red yeast rice and creatine that featured in the final batch of article 13, general function claims issued...


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