Food safety

Joint FAO/WHO Workshop on Methodology for Exposure Assessment of Contaminants and Toxins in food. Geneva, Switzerland, 7 - 8 June 2000


Background (from report)

A Joint FAO/WHO Workshop on Methodology for Exposure Assessment of Contaminants and Toxins was held at WHO Headquarters in Geneva from 7 to 8 June 2000. The participants of the Workshop are listed in Annex 1. The Workshop was opened by Mr Edwin Hecker, Chairman of the Codex Committee on Food Additives and Contaminants (CCFAC) who welcomed the Workshop as a unique opportunity for persons with experience in CCFAC and the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) to exchange information and views on the development of exposure assessment methodology for the establishment of Codex standards for contaminants. In this regard, he mentioned the need for CCFAC to complete its work on the Codex General Standard for Contaminants and Toxins in Foods (CGSCTF).

In outlining the scope and purpose of the Workshop, Dr Maria de Lourdes Costarrica, Senior Officer, FAO Food Quality Liaison Group and Dr Gerald G. Moy, GEMS/Food Manager, WHO Food Safety Programme, noted that the Workshop was intended to facilitate informal discussions between risk assessors and risk managers on exposure assessment methodologies and procedures in order to support the work of CCFAC. The Workshop would review the broad policy matters and procedures for exposure assessment of contaminants and toxins and identify the major elements of exposure assessment of contaminants, including related technical issues.

Dr Torsten Berg was appointed as Chairperson of the Workshop. Ms Katie Egan and Dr Luba Tomaska were appointed as Co-Rapporteurs. Following acceptance of the agenda by the Workshop participants, Dr Berg provided a brief history of the development of the CGSCTF within CCFAC and provided an outline of topics on the agenda to be discussed during the Workshop. The agenda, as adopted by the Workshop, is given in Annex 2 and a list of background references is given in Annex 3.