COT 2023 meeting notes

Agendas and papers for the meetings of the Committee in 2023.

Last updated: 30 March 2023

At their February meeting the Committee discussed a paper on existing health-based guidance values (HBGVs) for  T2 & HT2 mycotoxins and a discussion paper on the effects of pica during pregnancy along with a draft opinion on the safety of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate phosphate as a monomer for use in the manufacture of plastic food contact materials; this is currently being treated as reserved. 

They also reviewed their 2022 Annual Report of the COT, an update on  actions taken subsequent to COT advice, potential future discussion items as part of horizon scanning 2023 and a draft scientific opinion from EFSA on the Tolerable Upper Intake Level 2 for vitamin B6.  

The committee continued to work on their first draft statement on the guidance levels for the fortificants in the bread and flour regulations and their second draft statement on the hepatotoxicity of  green tea catechins.

At their March meeting the Committee discussed a paper on Arsenic in the maternal diet, the first draft  of an interim position statement on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and the Aircraft Cabin Air environment:

  • Basis of the regulatory values for carbon dioxide.
  • Volatile organic compounds in European aircraft cabin air: concentrations and comparison with regulatory standards.

The Committee considered  a review of the EFSA opinion on the safety of titanium dioxide as a food additive, focusing on reproductive toxicity, along with providing comments on a draft EFSA Public consultation on “Update of the risk assessment of mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOH) in food”.

The Committee were updated on CBD and viewed the draft report of the 2022 COT Workshop; both items are currently being treated as reserved. 

The Committee continued their work on the second draft statement on the guidance levels for the fortificants in the Bread and Flour Regulations.