Codex to set limits for contaminants in foods and beverages

The Codex Committee on Contaminants in Foods (CCCF) is meeting this week in Utrecht, The Netherlands, to adopt maximum levels of contaminants such as lead, cadmium, methylmercury, total aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, hydrocyanic acid and mycotoxin in a number of food commodities commonly consumed across the globe.

In addition, CCCF will be also addressing the revision and development of several Codes of Practice for the:

– prevention and reduction of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in food and feed

– reduction of 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol esters (3-MCPDE) and glycidyl esters (GE) in refined oils and products made with refined oils, especially infant formula

– prevention and reduction of cadmium contamination in cocoa