COT statement on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - interim pragmatic guideline limits for use in emergencies - March 2001

The Committee was informed that the Food Standards Agency may be asked for advice on the risks to public health arising from the contamination of foodstuffs with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Our views were sought on the possibility of establishing pragmatic guideline limits for concentrations of PAHs in foodstuffs that could be used in emergency situations, where the available data are inadequate to support a full evaluation of health risks.