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Food Contaminants - Ochratoxin A

Legislation:

Community maximum levels of ochratoxin A have been laid down for following food commodities:

Provisions for methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of ochratoxin A are laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 401/2006 as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) No, 178/2010.


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 pdf 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 Commission is currently considering the need to complement the existing legislation as regards the maximum limits for ochratoxin A in certain foods, in particular as regards liquorice (roots and extracts) and spices.