EFSA Okays Chromium Picolinate

December 22, 2010

The ingredient has passed a safety review for its use as a chromium source.

Chromium picolinate is now considered safe for use in conventional and “medical” foods as a source of chromium, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy).

Nutrition 21 (Purchase, NY) submitted the safety application for its Chromax chromium picolinate ingredient, which is already one of the company’s top-selling ingredients in the United States. Over 140 references were reportedly provided to substantiate a full safety review.

EFSA’s decision supports the safe use of chromium picolinate up to its maximum level established by the World Health Organization.

“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 U.S. National Toxicology Program,” said Nutrition 21 R&D vice president James Komorowski.

The safety procedure is an initial step towards getting food approval for chromium picolinate’s use in the EU. Nutrition 21 expects final approval to come sometime next year.