EU Safety Extension of the Use of Galacto‐oligosaccharides (GOS) as a Novel Food in Food for Special Medical purposes

Posted By: Trace One

On March 30th, 2022, the European Food Safety Authorities on Nutrition, Novel Foods, and Food Allergens (NDA) delivered the “Safety extension of the use of Galactooligosaccharides (GOS) as a novel food (NF) in food for special medical purposes” in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2015/2283.


The document outlines the below:

  • GOS is produced from milk lactose using a βgalactosidase and is proposed to be used in food for special medical purposes (FSMP);
  • The target population is applicable to the population over 4 years of age;
  • FSMP containing GOS is not intended to be used if the food supplements containing GOS are consumed on the same day;
  • The proposed maximum daily intake from the use in FSMP is set at 8.25 g GOS;
  • GOS authorized for use in food supplements is allowed up to a daily dose of 16.2 g;
  • The proposed use levels and recommended intakes do not raise safety concerns;
  • Safety extension of the use of GOS in FSMP is acceptable under the proposed conditions of use.

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