In 1997 statements were published on bisphenol A; on ochratoxin A on dried vine fruits; on polychlorinated biphenyls; on iodine in cows' milk; on tetrachloroethylene; on dental amalgam; on Salatrims and on vitamin B6.
The COT was asked to comment on specific aspects of a large submission of data received by the ACNFP in respect of short and long term chain triacyl glycerol molecules (Salatrims), a family of low calorie fat products.
The COT was asked to advise the Medical Devices Agency on the toxicity of dental amalgam in the context of informing the United Kingdom's response to the report of an ad hoc group of experts established by the European Commission.
The COT was asked to review the toxicity of the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). It was also asked to comment on the concentrations of these, with polychlorinated dibenzo- p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDDs and PCDFs), that had been found in the UK diet and in human breast milk in the course of surveillance exercises carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
The COT was asked to advise the Health and Safety Executive on the implications of an epidemiological study in the dry-cleaning industry. The study had investigated the potential risks of reproductive and developmental toxicity arising from exposure to tetrachloroethylene in dry-cleaning establishments.
The COT has been asked to advise the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group of the Department of Health and Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the significance for public health of concentrations of the mycotoxin, ochratoxin A, found in samples of various foodstuffs purchased in the United Kingdom during 1997.
The COT was asked to advise on the public health implications of the levels of iodine measured in cows' milk during the course of a survey carried out for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food during 1995/1996.
The COT was asked to advise on the health implications of a study (Nagel SC, vom Saal FS, Thayer RA, Dhar MG, Boechler M and Welshons WV (1997) Environ. Health Perspect., 105:70-76) carried out at the University of Missouri on bisphenol A, a chemical substance used in polycarbonate plastics (eg baby feeding bottles) and coatings for the inside of some food cans.