Kirsten Pilegaard

Kirsten Pilegaard

Senior Adviser


Building: 201, 120

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 35887565Fax: 35887001

Plants and mushrooms contain various bioactive constituents that may exert both potential beneficial and potential toxic effects on human health.

I'm especially interested in the toxic effect of bioactive constituents. I advice the national food authorities (Danish Veterinary and Food Administration) on safety of natural toxins in plants and mushrooms used as food, in novel foods and on botanicals used as ingredients in food supplements. The evaluations on plants/botanicals used in food supplement have been published in the in the so-called Drogeliste. I have participated in various EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) working groups e.g. dealing with development of a guidance document for assessing the safety of botanicals used in food suplements and gathering information for a compendium on botanicals and their constituents with toxic effects.

My scientific background is in toxicology and quantitative pathology.



Academic grades

D.V.M. 1988 The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Denmark

Ph.D. 1994 The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Denmark

Professional experience

1988 - 2003 - Institute of Toxicology, National Food Agency, Department of General Toxicology
2004 - 2006 - Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Department of General Toxicology
2007 - Senior adviser - Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute, Department of Toxicology and Risk Assessment


Risk assessments of plants used in food supplements. Toxicological evaluation of natural inherent constituents of food plants and novel foods.

International experience

2007- Member of working groups on botanicals organised by EFSA. From 2007-2010 participant in an ILSI (International Life Science Institute) expert group on Evaluation of agronomic practices for mitigation of natural toxins. 2005- 2008 participant of work package (WP) 2.4 in EuroFIR, the European Food Information Research Databank system, funded by EU DG Research. WP 2.4. developed a database on critically assessed data on composition and biological effects of putative health promoting bioactive compounds in plant foods, and developed lists of plants used for foods in Europe e.g. the EuroFIR-NETTOX Plant list.
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  • E-artikel fra DTU Fødevareinstitutet

    ISSNs: 1904-5581

    DTU Fødevareinstitutet, Denmark

    Local database


  • Toxicology Letters

    ISSNs: 0378-4274

    Elsevier Ireland Ltd., Ireland

    BFI (2019): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.36 SJR 0.971 SNIP 1.028, Web of Science (2019): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Food and Chemical Toxicology

    ISSNs: 0278-6915

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1873-6351

    Pergamon Press, United Kingdom

    BFI (2019): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.78 SJR 0.916 SNIP 1.277, Web of Science (2019): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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