Following a consideration of the toxicology of several persistent organic pollutants (POPs), together with the available (limited) data on infant exposure, COT has concluded that none of the following present a toxicological concern:

  • α- and β-endosulfan:infant dietary exposure is below the acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 6 μg/kg bw/day, and thus does not suggest a health risk
  • pentachlorobenzene: no data are available on levels in food, but intake from breast milk does not indicate a health concern as it is substantially below the (Health Canada) tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.5 μg/kg bw/day
  • chlordecone: current exposures are likely to be extremely low, and adverse effects in infants from dietary exposures are considered unlikely

The COT comments are likely to form part of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) review of the Government’s dietary recommendations for infants and young children.

UK Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment. Statement on endosulfan isomers, pentachlorobenzene and chlordecone in relation to infant diet. COT Statement 2014/04. June 2014.

The above items were taken from the September 2014 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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