This month, the German BVL (Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety) has published a draft version of the 2nd edition of its botanical Stoffliste. The Stoffliste is the German equivalent to other EU country specific Plant Lists.

The substance lists are intended to make it easier for food business operators (and surveillance authorities) to classify plant substances with regard to their use as food or food ingredients, and thus represent a recommendation regarding the marketability of substances as food. The lists have been elaborated with support from the Austrian and Swiss authorities and are currently open for public consultation.

These lists can be downloaded in three Excel Annexes (2 updated lists of “plants and plant parts” (A-K and L-Z) and 1 list of mushrooms (A-Z).

Interested parties now have the opportunity to comment on the lists before they are published in their final version.