The Committee has established Working Groups to conduct in-depth reviews of subjects of toxicological interest.
Joint Expert Groups (JEGS)
The FSA’s Joint Expert Groups (JEGs) provide technical advice to inform the risk assessment of regulated products and act as an additional source of expertise that can be called upon by the FSA’s Scientific Advisory Committees (SACs) to provide advice as needed. The FSA has the following three JEGs:
Food Contact Materials - a joint group of the Committee on Toxicity (COT) and the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF).
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the COT have formed a sub-group to prepare integrated risk benefit advice on the timing of introduction of allergenic foods into the infant diet.
The COT set up the Lowermoor Subgroup (LSG) in 2001 to advise on whether the chemicals resulting from the 1988 Lowermoor water contamination incident have resulted in delayed or persistent health effects.
Following questions about the use of peanut butter during weaning, the COT was asked to advise whether early exposure to peanuts and peanut products is a risk factor for the development of peanut allergy later in life. The work of the Peanut Allergy Working Group has now finished
The COT has convened a Working Group to produce a draft COT statement, assessing whether there are long-term adverse neurological or neuropsychological effects from low-level exposure to organophosphates, insufficient to cause overt toxicity.
The COT has convened a Working Group on Organophosphates (OPs) under the Chairmanship of Professor H F Woods. The Working Group was asked to consider whether prolonged low level exposure, or subacute exposure to OPs can cause chronic ill- health effects.
The Working Group on Phytoestrogens was established to advise on the health implications of dietary phytoestrogens through review of published scientific research and the Food Standards Agency's Phytoestrogen Research Programme.
In 1997, the COT established the Food Intolerance Working Group to critically assess and review the data on food intolerance and also the evidence that food can cause hyperactivity in children and associated behaviour in adulthood.
To review the approaches to synthesising and integrating epidemiological and toxicological evidence that are used by COT and COC in chemical risk assessments and to provide a pragmatic guidance and transparent reflection of how the COT and COC review data and apply expert judgement.