Maximum levels for food contaminants

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 1 May 2000



(2000), "Maximum levels for food contaminants", British Food Journal, Vol. 102 No. 4.



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Maximum levels for food contaminants

Maximum levels for food contaminants

A draft Commission Regulation setting limits for lead, cadmium and other contaminants in food was discussed at a meeting held on 17 December. Although all Member States reserved their final positions pending detailed consideration of the proposal, a number of changes to the limits were agreed. It was also agreed to defer consideration of dioxins and PCBs until the results of two current risk assessments are available later this year.

The limits for both lead and cadmium are now more in line with those proposed in draft Codex standards, the current versions of which are yet to be circulated. A significant change is the exclusion of brown crab meat from limits for cadmium, under category 7, as requested by the UK. Since this draft was received, the Swedish National Food Administration has requested the inclusion of two more fish species in Annexe I, section 11.3, 1.1 (max. level for mercury: 1m/kg). These are: Escolar (Lepidocybium flavobrunneum) and Oilfish (Ruvettus pretiosus).

The proposed maximum limit for 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) in dark beer has been deleted as it was concluded that there were currently insufficient data to justify setting a specific limit.

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