COT statements 2006

In 2006, statements have been issued on a wide variety of topics.

These are: a joint COT/CSM one-day meeting on diet-drug interactions; on food additives and developmental neurotoxicity; on hydrogel filler for breast implants; on crop spraying and the health of residents and bystanders; on organic chlorinated and brominated contaminants in shellfish, farmed and wild fish; on uranium levels in water used to reconstitute infant formula; on paralytic shellfish poisoning; on perfluorooctanoic acid; on perfluorooctane sulfonate; on a meeting that discussed the possible role of chemicals in declining male reproductive health in some parts of the world; on the WHO re-evaluation of toxic equivalency factors for dioxins and dioxin-like compounds; on disinfectants and disinfection by-products in prepared salads; on risk assessment of marine biotoxins; and on cyanogenic glycosides in bitter apricot kernels.

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COT statement on cyanogenic glycosides in bitter apricot kernels

The Food Standards Agency became aware that bitter apricot kernels containing high levels of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside, were on sale as a health food. The COT were asked to review the available data and, if possible, to establish a maximum upper level for the safe intake of cyanide or cyanogenic substances.

COT statement on joint COT/CSM one day meeting on diet-drug interactions

The COT and the Committee on the Safety of Medicines held a joint meeting on the 2nd February 2005 to consider the issue of interactions between drugs and the diet. A range of topics covering many aspects of the subjects was considered. Information from the talks and subsequent discussions is summarised in the following statement.

COT statement on a commercial survey investigating the occurrence of disinfectants and disinfection by-products in prepared salads

The Food Standards Agency received the results of a study, investigating the occurrence and formation of disinfectants and disinfection by-products in prepared salads. The study involved analysing a range of prepared salads, bought from various shops. The COT concluded that the study results did not indicate any cause for concern with respect to the use of chlorine washes.

COT statement on 2005 WHO equivalency factors for dioxins and dioxin-like compounds

The COT has reviewed the recent WHO re-evaluation of the Toxic Equivalency Factors (TEFs) for comparing the potency of dioxins and dioxin-like chemicals. The COT agreed with the scientific rationale used in the re-evaluation and concluded that these re-evaluated TEF values should be used in future UK risk assessments of dioxins and dioxin-like chemicals.