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TITLE Exposure from Food Contact Materials   exposurefoodcontact.pdf (221 KB)
Document ID LIB558
Document type Scientific experts report/advice
Issue date 10/10/2000
Document reference ISBN 1-57881-147-3
Original language of the document English
Document produced by ILSI Europe a.i.s.b.l. organisation visiting card
Document financed by ILSI Europe Packaging Materials Task Force
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Consumer protection
  • Food safety


Short description  Because daily ingestion of a specific food item containing a packaging substance over a lifetime may be decisive for adverse health effects, focus should be on long-time exposure. Scientists in the field were brought together for a workshop organized by ILSI Europe with the purpose of capturing the latest scientific developments, drafting a refined exposure evaluation concept, developing guidelines, proposing tools, and defining possible areas for further research.
A number of key themes were highlighted and formed the basis for further discussion. Among these themes were the need to define uncertainties in dietary exposure assessments (and risk assessment) and to propose means to address them, including transparent risk communication, consumer protection, probabilistic modelling in exposure assessments, and the necessity for toxicity testing at threshold levels.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  Since the beginning of the harmonisation of legislation on food contact materials, a conservative approach with substantial built-in safety margins has been applied by the European Commission and the Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) for approval of the use of substances in plastic packaging. This approach assumes that every European Union citizen consumes 1 kg of foodstuffs each day over a life ...

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