1BACKGROUND - In the framework of Articles 23 and 33 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 EFSA has received from the European Commission a mandate (M-2010-0374) to collect all available data on the occurrence of chemical contaminants in food and feed. These data are used in EFSA’s scientific opinions and reports on contaminants in food and feed.
SUBMISSION OF DATA - National food authorities, research institutions, academia, food business operators and other stakeholders are invited to submit data on occurrence of contaminants with a focus on the substances and related substances listed below. This list is not exhaustive: the full list of contaminants that can be reported and their corresponding codes are published with this call in the file ‘Contaminants_PARAM.xlsx’.
Priority list of chemical contaminants to support scientific opinions in progress
Deadline for data submission*
Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) in feed for honeybees
Nitrosamines in food
Mineral oil hydrocarbons in food
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in food
Grayanotoxins in certain honey
Polychlorinated naphthalenes in food and feed
Fluoride in food
*Corresponds to the date where EFSA’s exposure assessors will extract the data to start the risk assessment. Data received after the indicated dates is unlikely to be considered in the ongoing scientific opinions but will be retained in the database for possible future scientific assessments.
List of chemical contaminants
Furan, 2-methylfuran, 3-methylfuran, 2,5-dimethylfuran, 2-ethylfuran and 2-pentyfuran
3-MCPD, 3-MCPD esters, 2-MCPD esters and glycidyl esters
Dioxins and PCBs
Non dioxin-like PCBs
Brominated Flame Retardants
Melamine and analogues
Arsenic (inorganic and total)
Mercury (methyl mercury and total mercury)
Fluorine in feed
Nitrates and Nitrites
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