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New EU Criteria for Endocrine Disrupters

Consequences for the Food Chain

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Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are substances that adversely affect hormone function. The effects by EDs are thought to depend on both dose and timing of exposure, especially during foetal development. The upcoming EU regulation on identification of EDs, application biocides and pesticides, will have an impact on all actors of the food chain. The consequences of a ban of EDs in foods were discussed in a Nordic workshop (Uppsala, 29-30 Nov 2016) where risk assessors and managers from Nordic food authorities, industry, trade associations, consumer organizations and researchers were represented. It was recognized by all participants that a ban was particularly challenging for the production chain since there are few viable alternatives. A harmonized EU legislation based on scientific risk assessment was preferred compared to national specific legislation as it treats all the actors equally.

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Workshop: Summary of questions and answers — group discussions

In the group discussions representatives from Nordic food authorities, Nordic chemical, environmental and public health agencies, EFSA, Nordic research institutes, trade organisations and producers (food and packagings) participated. However, considering the small representation of various areas within the food chain, the summarised answers below reflect the ideas and views of those present and should not be interpreted as consensus views of the food sector.

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