The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has carried out a survey of metals in infant food to establish the concentrations of 12 metals in a representative range of commercial infant foods and formulae. The Committee was invited to comment on the methods used to estimate the intakes and on the results of this survey.
In 2000 the COT considered the results of a study conducted by the Food Standards Agency in which samples collected in the 1997 Total Diet Study (TDS) were analysed for the presence of fluorine, bromine and iodine.
The Food Standards Agency has recently completed a Total Diet Study (TDS) of total and inorganic arsenic levels in food, which was carried out between 1999 and 2002. The Committee was asked to comment on the survey and assess if the levels of arsenic in the diet posed a risk to human health.