Cadmium contamination in food supplements containing white willow (Salix alba) bark

  • Ewa Matyjaszczyk
  • Regina SchumannEmail author
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Commercial dietary supplements containing Salix alba bark are used for weight loss and athletic performance enhancement. A systematic literature review on adverse effects potentially resulting from oral intake of such supplements was performed. In spite of the long history of medical use only very limited data on toxicity of white willow bark are available. However willow bark in comminuted or powdered form is a source of heavy metals and particularly the toxicity of cadmium may be of health concern.


White willow bark Salix alba cortex Food supplements Safety assessment Heavy metals 



This work was carried out during the EU-FORA fellowship programme (2017–2018), funded by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). EFSA had no involvement in the interpretation or reporting of the results for the current manuscript. The authors alone are responsible for the content and views expressed in this publication. All authors report no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plant Protection Institute National Research InstitutePoznanPoland
  2. 2.German Federal Institute for Risk AssessmentBerlinGermany

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