EFSA revises safe intake for 3-MCPD in vegetable oils, food

2018-01-11 06:56:24 GMT2018-01-11 14:56:24(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BRUSSELS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- European Food Safety Authority(EFSA) on Wednesday announced in a statement that it revised thesafe intake for 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) after reassessedpossible long-term adverse effects of 3-MCPD on kidney and malefertility.

EFSA first assessed the potential risks of 3-MCPD in 2016. Afterthe latest review, its experts found that consumption levels of3-MCPD in food are considered safe for most consumers but there isa potential health concern among high consumers in younger agegroups.

The updated report shows that the 3-MCPD Tolerable Daily Intake(TDI) is 2.0 µg/kg bw, while the 2016 assessment was 0.8 µg/kgbw.

Experts from the EFSA said that they calculated the levels atwhich possible adverse effects on kidney and male fertility couldoccur and the updated TDI is protective for both types ofeffects.

3-MCPD is food processing contaminant found in some processedfoods and vegetable oils, mainly palm oil. This chemical and itsesters are formed unintentionally in these foods, in particularduring oil refining processes. 

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