In 2012 a statement was issued on the FSA Phytoestrogen research programme, the use of toxicogenomics data in risk assessment and on the risks of chemical toxicity and allergic disease in relation to infant diet.
The COT reviewed the contribution of the phytoestrogens research programme and assessed its contribution to FSA’s policy aims. The statement sets out their conclusions and serves as a closing review of this research programme.
Toxicogenomics combines techniques for quantifying biological information (e.g. gene expression) with statistical methods to ask toxicological questions. The Committee has assessed developments in the field on a regular basis. This latest statement outlines important developments and highlights points that require consideration when interpreting toxicogenomic studies as part of risk assessment.
Alcohol mixed with high-caffeine energy drinks are becoming more popular. The COT was asked to review the evidence on a potential interaction between these two biologically active substances and conclude on whether they have a combined effect on health and behaviour.
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is reviewing scientific evidence that bears on dietary recommendations for infants and young children. The COT is considering risks that might need to be taken into account. This statement summarises the evidence on a number of chemicals that the COT concluded do not require detailed evaluation and lists those chemicals that will be evaluated further.