COT statement on ochratoxin A on dried vine fruits

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 Committee last considered ochratoxin A in 1992 in the context of its presence in samples of cereals and of porcine products and noted that it could be found in both UK produced and imported foodstuffs.