Malachite green in food

Malachite green is a dye that is both carcinogenic and genotoxic (i.e. damaging to DNA). It has been used globally for therapeutic treatment in aquaculture, but is unauthorised for use in food-producing animals in the EU. The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain assessed the risks to consumers from malachite green in food, particularly in fish, fish products and crustaceans. Specifically, the European Commission asked EFSA to evaluate whether a reference value of 2 micrograms (?g) of malachite green per kilogram of food would adequately protect public health. EFSA’s experts concluded that it is unlikely that exposure to food contaminated with malachite green up to 2?g/kg would represent a health concern. A copy of the scientific opinion is available at: Scientific opinion on malachite green in food

EFSA, 27 July 2016 ; ;