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Mycotoxins are dealt with by several international organisations. In general, aspects of food and feed hygiene dominate the published documents on these contaminants, while aspects of ecotoxicological relevance and environmental safety of mycotoxins are still "orphan topics" worldwide.

 

Within the complex Codex Alimentarius process of evaluating mycotoxins, the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) plays a major role by providing scientific advice. JECFA documents are available for several mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol, T-2/HT-2 toxins fumonisins and patulin. The summaries of evaluations with links to the respective reports and monographs are available in the Database of evaluation summaries.

 

Before 2003, the evaluation of toxic compounds with regard to tolerable daily intake and maximum permitted levels within the European Union was performed by "Scientific Committees" established by the European Commission. The reports of these committees are labelled as "opinions". The Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) prepared several documents dealing with mycotoxins.

SCF opinions are available for Deoxynivalenol, Nivalenol, T-2 Toxin/HT-Toxin, Zearalenon and Ochratoxin A.

After 2003, information has been compiled by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) "panels". Such documents, typically also named "Opinions", are available for Ochratoxin A (food, feed), Zearalenone (feed) and Deoxynivalenol (feed).

 

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Published 15-09-2008 13:12:46

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