PlantLIBRA (acronym of PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment) is a project co-financed in the context of the 7th EU Framework Program.
PlantLIBRA aims to foster the safe use of food supplements containing plants or botanical preparations, by increasing science-based decision-making by regulators and food chain operators.
PlantLIBRA is structured to develop, validate and disseminate data and methodologies for risk and benefit assessment and implement sustainable international cooperation. International cooperation is necessary to ensure the quality of the plants imported in the EU.
One of the aims of the project was to create an international network of laboratories capable to provide reliable high quality data on methods to identify plants and botanical preparations, to determine bioactive compounds and contaminants (chemical and biological), and to detect the irradiation treatment. The laboratories involved can exchange information via the network and in addition provide support to:
- international organizations (i.e. regulatory bodies) involved in the food safety;
- food manufacturers;
- European Poison Centers, for rapid identification of plant ingredients involved in adverse effects/poisoning.
The lab UCAG², part of the NatuRA research group, has been accepted in the PlantLIBRA network of laboratories. More information is available on: http://www.plantlibra.eu/web/?q=node/214