The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has issued a draft report saying there is evidence that over consumption of vitamin A-rich foods, especially liver, may lead to an increased risk of bone fractures in the long term.
It advises anyone who eats liver “once a week or more” not to increase their consumption and not to take supplements containing vitamin A.
And it suggests that anyone at high risk of bone fractures,
such as post-menopausal women and the elderly, take no more than 1.5mg of vitamin A per day. Women who are pregnant or planning to have a baby are advised to avoid taking supplements containing vitamin A and avoid eating liver or liver products.
MLC meat scientist Kim Matthews said: “It is important to note that the average person in the UK only eats liver around once a month.”