Research to show new chemical FACET

By Rick Pendrous

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Safety regulators will have a much better idea of EU consumer exposure to a wide range of chemicals contained in different flavourings, additives and food contact materials when a pan-European research programme called FACET is completed in about two years.

FACET, which involves 20 EU partners, aims to provide realistic exposure estimates at national and EU level.

The final output from 10 separate research projects will be a surveillance system and PC software tool that estimates human intakes, said FACET project manager Dr Aine Heart, from University College Dublin.

"The main end users will be DG Sanco, The European Food Safety Agency, DG Research and national food safety agencies, although the industry is quite interested in it," said Heart. "We are linking the needs of additives, flavourings and packaging with the food intake data."

The research into flavourings is looking at developing a database of characteristics, safety and dietary exposures of around 2,700 substances, using 41 to establish methodologies for the others.

A total of 32 target additives have been selected for research, with 19 from a 2001 EU study which revealed their theoretical intake to be higher than acceptable daily intakes.

The research into chemical migration from food contact materials is sub-divided into three packages: composition and usage; development of tools to establish concentrations of migrants; and the use of quantitative structure activity relationship modelling to estimate toxicity levels based on exposure estimates.

Dr Peter Oldring from Valspar Europe will provide an update on FACET at a Campden BRI seminar on September 30.

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