FSA Requests Evidence for Determining Safe Ashwagandha Levels for Its Use in Food Supplements

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The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a call for evidence regarding ashwagandha food supplements. This initiative aims to gather information to support a risk assessment by the Committee on Toxicity, seeking to establish a safe level of ashwagandha for use in food supplements while assessing potential health risks. Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is popular for its purported health benefits, including stress relief and improved focus. However, concerns have been raised about its effects on thyroid hormone levels, potential liver toxicity, and hypoglycemic effects. The call for evidence is open until September 2, 2024, and is relevant for food business operators (FBOs) and other stakeholders involved in the manufacture, distribution, or sale of ashwagandha-containing supplements.

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