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The COT and SACN was asked to assess the scientific evidence on timing of introduction of gluten into the infant diet and subsequent risk of developing coeliac disease or type 1 diabetes mellitus.
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.
Phthalates are chemical compounds used in a range of household and consumer goods which may be present in food due to environmental contamination or release from plastic food packaging. The COT was invited to consider potential risks to consumers from dietary exposure to phthalates, estimated from 2007 Total Diet Study samples.
Phthalates are chemical compounds used in a range of household, consumer goods and food packaging. The COT was asked to consider the risk assessment used to support further restrictions which had been drafted by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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
The COT carried out a review of the epidemiological literature on para-occupational exposure to pesticides and health. Para-occupational exposure is defined as exposure which occurs in households who live with an occupationally exposed worker, but who are not themselves occupationally exposed. The COT's conclusions can be found in the statement.
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.