Notice of Health Canada’s proposal to enable the use of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) as a supplemental ingredient in foods – Reference Number: NOP/ADP SI-001

July 28, 2022


Health Canada's Food Directorate completed a detailed premarket safety assessment of green tea extract for use as a supplemental ingredient in foods, under the Supplemented Foods regulatory framework. The results of the premarket assessment support the safety of standardized green tea extracts based on the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and total catechins content. Consequently, Health Canada intends to enable the use of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) by modifying the List of Permitted Supplemental Ingredients as described in the Notice of Proposal information document referenced below.

The purpose of this communication is to publicly announce the Department's intention in this regard and to provide the appropriate contact information for any inquiries or for those wishing to submit new scientific information relevant to the safety of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) when used as a supplemental ingredient in foods.

Information Document(s)

Notice of Proposal to Enable the Use of Green Tea Extract (EGCG/catechins) as a Supplemental Ingredient in Foods - Reference Number: NOP/ADP SI-001

To obtain an electronic copy of Health Canada's summary of the safety assessment for the use of green tea extract as a supplemental ingredient, please contact our publications office or send an e-mail to with the subject heading "HPFB BNS Green Tea Extract_EN".

Contact Information

Health Canada's Food Directorate is committed to reviewing new scientific information on the safety in use of any permitted supplemental ingredient, including green tea extract (EGCG/catechins). Anyone wishing to submit new scientific information on the supplemental ingredient use of green tea extract (EGCG/catechins) or to submit inquiries may do so in writing, by regular mail or electronically. If you wish to contact the Food Directorate electronically, please use the words "Green Tea Extract (NOP/ADP SI-001)" in the subject line of your e-mail. Health Canada is able to consider information received by October 3, 2022, 75 days from the date of this posting.

Supplemented Foods:
Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate
251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Tunney's Pasture, PL: 2203E
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9

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