Alerts on food supplements containing turmeric

In Italy, the Istituto Superiore di Sanità reported 21 cases of acute, non-infectious and non-contagious cholestatic hepatitis following the consumption of products containing turmeric. The Italian Authorities are carrying out checks to identify the cause of these cases of hepatitis. Pending the analysis, consumers are requested, as a precaution, to suspend the consumption of numerous products.

The Belgian Authorities have also issued a warning about a company which decided to withdraw a product containing turmeric and black pepper from sale.

The French Authorities are awaiting the return of the investigations of the Italian Authorities.

To date the exact cause of the adverse effects is not yet clearly established.