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Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International, ISSN: 2456-9119, ISSN: 2231-2919 (past),Vol.: 18, Issue.: 2

Policy Article

Regulatory Aspects of Omega Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Dietary Supplements


Valentina Petkova1*, Danka Obreshkova2, Bozhidarka Hadzhieva3 and Stefka Ivanova2

1Department of Social Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University, 2 Dunav Str., Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria.

2Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University, 2 Dunav Str., Sofia, 1000, Bulgaria.

3Medical College, Medical University, Plovdiv, 15A Vasil Aprilov Str., Plovdiv 4002, Bulgaria.

Article Information
(1) R. Deveswaran, M.S. Ramaiah College of Pharmacy, Bangalore, India.
(1) Simona Urbancic, Slovenia.
(2) Tatjana Radosavljević, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
(3) Mohammed Suleiman, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Nigeria.
Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/20471


Background: Food additives are subject to certain regulatory requirements, as in some countries, the control is very strict, while in others there is almost no control. Some food supplements can affect existing diseases or interact with some medications, food and beverage, a fact that is not mentioned on the packaging or in product instructions.

Methods: The aim of the study is to analyze the legislative framework for authorization and use of omega polyunsaturated fatty acids in the US and the European Union. The documents of 10 pieces of legislation were analyzed.

Results: Since 1994 the dietary supplements in the United States has been governed by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). The European Union (EU) directive on food additives 2002/46/EC specifies harmonized rules for labeling of supplements and introduces specific rules on vitamins and minerals used in food supplements. The aim is to harmonize legislation and ensure that these products are safe and appropriately labeled so that consumers can make informed choices.

Conclusions: Due to heightened expectations and requirements for food additives worldwide regulation and legislation will continue to increase and ensure their quality, as well as their effects and safe use in all possible mechanisms.

Keywords :

Food additives; omega polyunsaturated fatty acids; legislation.

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DOI : 10.9734/JPRI/2017/35627

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