COT statements 2011

In 2011 statements were issued on mixtures of pesticides and similar substances; gluten into the infant diet; dietary exposure to phthalates; idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI); para-occupational exposure to pesticides and health outcomes other than cancer; methanol; and Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DiBP)

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COT statement on idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI)

Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI) is the name given to the condition also known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). The COT reviewed the available literature on IEI in 1999 and in 2000. The current review examined the evidence regarding whether there is a plausible explanation for the occurrence of IEI and in particular whether there might be a toxicological explanation for IEI.

COT statement on FSA-funded research and other progress on mixtures of pesticides and similar substances

The COT’s 2002 report on Risk Assessment of Mixtures of Pesticides and Similar Substances made a number of research and other recommendations. The FSA funded 17 research projects to address the recommendations. The COT was asked for advice on the conclusions that could be drawn from the research reports, and the extent to which the research and recommendations in the 2002 report had been addressed

COT statement on the effects of chronic dietary exposure to methanol

Methanol has characteristic toxic effects at high doses. However, methanol also occurs in the diet in fruit and vegetables and from the breakdown of the artificial sweetener aspartame as well as being produced naturally within the body. The COT was asked to consider the potential effects of low level, chronic exposure to methanol.