Cordyceps sinensis

What is Cordyceps sinensis?

It is an entomopathogenic fungus (a fungus that grows on insects) in the family Ophiocordycipitaceae.

It is mainly found in the meadows above 3,500 meters (11,483 feet) on Tibetan Plateau in Southwest China.

Used to be valued as a herbal remedy and in traditional Chinese medicine.

Sales have been strictly regulated by the CFDA (China Food and Drug Administration) since 2016.

Status of Cordyceps sinensis in EU Novel food catalogue

FS: According to information available to Member States competent authorities this product was used only as or in food supplements before 15 May 1997. Any other food uses of this product have to be authorised pursuant to the Novel Food Regulation.