Statements

2021

COT statements and position papers published in 2021. Please note that links to the national archive may not be compatible with accessibility readers.

Last updated: 10 November 2021

  Sub-statement on the potential risk(s) from exposure to microplastics: Oral route (2021)

Statement on the potential risk(s) of combined exposure to mycotoxins (2021)

Statement on the potential risk(s) of combined exposure to mycotoxins: Lay summary (2021)

Alternatives to conventional plastics BBFCM (2021)

COT position paper on the alternatives to conventional plastics for food & drinks packaging

Dioxin position paper (2021)

COT dioxin position paper

Overarching statement on microplastics (2021)

COT overarching statement on the potential risks from exposure to microplastics

Lay Summary of COT overarching statement on the potential risks from exposure to microplastics

Overarching statement on plant-based drinks (2021)

COT overarching statement on consumption of plant-based drinks in children aged 6 months to 5 years of age

Lay Summary of COT overarching statement on consumption of plant-based drinks in children aged 6 months to 5 years of age

Statement on COT principles for assessing risks from less than lifetime exposure or variable exposure over a lifetime

Dietary exposures to chemicals are typically compared to a health-based guidance value (HBGV), for example a tolerable daily intake (TDI), that has been established to be safe for long term exposure. Such values set a level of exposure that is considered acceptable if continued throughout a normal lifetime, i.e. it is an upper amount to which an individual can be exposed daily over a lifetime without a significant risk to health. Sometimes people may be exposed to chemicals at a higher level for a shorter period of time, and this statement contains COT recommendations on possible ways of refining the risk assessment for such less-than-lifetime exposures. The statement includes a flowchart to illustrate the process.