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  Food Contaminants - Ochratoxin Aslide


European Union maximum levels of ochratoxin A have been laid down for cereal and cereal products, dried vine fruit, coffee, wine, grape juice, spices, liquorice root, processed cereal based foods, baby foods for infants and young children and dietary foods for special medical purposes specifically for infants ( Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006).

Provisions for methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of ochratoxin A are laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 401/2006.

Scientific opinions:

The Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) adopted on 17 September 1998 an opinion that revised an earlier opinion of 22 September 1994 as regards toxicological safety of Ochratoxin A. In addition Scientific Co-operation report " Assessment of dietary intake of ochratoxin A by the population of EU Member States was published in January 2002.

In addition, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted an opinion on ochratoxin A in food on 4 April 2006. The conclusions of the opinion were confirmed in a statement issued by EFSA in 2010



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