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Codex Alimentarius

Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods

22 April 2012

In 1995, Codex adopted the General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Foods, which contains the main principles and procedures which are used and recommended by the Codex Alimentarius in dealing with contaminants and toxins in foods, and lists the maximum levels of contaminants and natural toxicants in foods which are recommended by the Codex Commission to be applied to commodities moving in international trade.

Codex Alimentarius defines a contaminant as “any substance not intentionally added to food, which is present in such food as a result of the production (including operations carried out in crop husbandry, animal husbandry and veterinary medicine), manufacture, processing, preparation, treatment, packing, packaging, transport or holding of such food or as a result of environmental contamination. The term does not include insect fragments, rodent hairs and other extraneous matter”. The Codex maximum level (ML) for a contaminant in a food or feed commodity is the maximum concentration of that substance recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) to be legally permitted in that commodity. The contaminants listed in the Standard include: Aflatoxins, Aflatoxin M1, Ochratoxin A, and Patulin (Mycotoxins); Arsenic,Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Methylmercury and Tin (Heavy Metals); Radionuclides; and Acrylonitrile, Chloropropanols, Melamine and Vinylchloride monomer.

No maximum levels of contaminants have been discussed yet for food supplements. However, IADSA is aware that this could come up and is monitoring the discussions held in the Committee.

General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Foods

The last meeting of the CCCF was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, on 26-30 March 2012. IADSA is a member of the two electronic working groups working on developing codes of practice to reduce Lead and pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) contamination, to monitor the discussions, in particular, to check whether these would go into developing any maximum levels for different food categories and among them food supplements.

This meeting, CCFA agreed to continue work on the pyrrolizidine alkaloids for a full risk assessment including carry over from feed with results expected by 2013.

For next CCCF meeting, the Netherlands will co-chair the meeting with the Russian Federation. The meeting will take place in Moscow, Russia 08-12 April 2013.

Report of the CCCF meeting 2012

Agenda of the CCCF meeting 2012