COT meeting: 2 September 2014

Agenda and papers for the meeting of the Committee at 10:00am on Tuesday 2 September 2014 in conference rooms 4 and 5 AVH 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH

Agenda

1. Apologies for absence

2. Draft minutes of previous meeting TOX/MIN/2014/03

3. Matters arising

4. Consultation of the European Food Safety Authority on a Draft Scientific Opinion on Acrylamide in Food. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a Draft Scientific Opinion on Acrylamide in Food for public consultation on 1 July 2014. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting the COC and COT to submit a response to the consultation. TOX/2014/23

5. Scoping paper on the potential risks from hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs) in the infant diet. The COT has been asked to consider aspects related to the toxicity of chemicals in food, in support of a review by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) of Government recommendations on complementary and young child feeding. This paper provides information on HBCDDs and asks COT to advise on the approach to be taken for this topic. TOX/2014/24

6. First draft statement on adverse effects of high levels of vitamin D. At the request of the Department of Health, the SACN are revising the Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) for vitamin D and as part of this process the COT have been asked to consider the potential adverse effects of high vitamin D intakes. This includes the effects of both regular, long term intake and single or occasional doses as well as any effects on vulnerable groups. TOX/2014/25

7. First draft statement on domoic acid in King Scallops (pecten maximus). The COT was asked to consider the evidence that was available to support shucking (removal of the non-edible parts) as a scientifically robust and effective method for managing the health risks associated with Amnesic Shellfish Poison (ASP) toxins in King Scallops which is caused by the water-soluble cyclic amino acid domoic acid (DA). TOX/2014/26

8. First draft statement on the potential risks from polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the infant diet. This draft COT statement summarises the available information and the Committee’s provisional conclusions. TOX/2014/27

9. Paper for information: COT review of risks arising from the infant diet and the development of atopic and autoimmune disease. The COT has been asked by the SACN to provide advice on risks arising from the diet that are related to the development of atopic and autoimmune disease, in support of a review SACN are undertaking of UK Government recommendations on complementary and young child feeding. TOX/2014/28

10. Paper for information: FSA Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs) update. TOX/2014/29

11. Any other business

Date of next meeting – 28 October 2014, Conference Rooms 4 &5, Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2 6NH

Secretariat
August 2014