Position paper on the use of an “estimated acceptable concentration” (EAC) as basis for a control policy's action level for carcinogens unintentionally present in food

Last updated on 3-2-2021 by Jill Alexandre

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Background In the absence of legal maximum limits, the competent authority may act if high contamination levels that endanger public health are identified. A pragmatic approach to identify whether a value is potentially too high, is to set action levels which, if exceeded, call for action involving a notification, withdrawal of the food from the market, legal measures or an investigation. Scope and approach As control policy’s action levels should be considered as part of risk management, which is not always based on scientific risk assessment alone, the concept of an ‘estimated ac…

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