Amended regulations for food contaminants

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Commission Regulation (EC) 466/2001 of 8 March 2001 sets maximum
levels for specified foods for nitrates, aflatoxins, lead, cadmium,
mercury...

Commission Regulation (EC) 466/2001 of 8 March 2001 sets maximum levels for specified foods for nitrates, aflatoxins, lead, cadmium, mercury and 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD). With regard to nitrates, the figures are unchanged from Regulation (EC) 194/97 . Similarly for aflatoxins, the figures repeat those detailed in Regulation (EC) 1525/98 which amended Regulation (EC) 194/97 with respect to aflatoxins, setting limits for them in groundnuts, certain cereals and milk. The new regulations set levels for lead in milk, infant formulae, beef, lamb, pork and poultry and edible offals from cattle, pigs, sheep and poultry, various species of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, cephalopods, vegetables, fruit, fats and oils including milk fat, fruit juices and nectars, wines. For cadmium, levels are set for beef, lamb, pork and poultry, horsemeat, liver and kidney from cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, various species of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, cephalopods, certain cereals, soybeans, and certain fruits and vegetables. Mercury is restricted in fishery products in general, and certain named fish species. 3-MCPD limits are specified for hydrolysed vegetable proteins and soy sauce, with instructions given as to how the levels are to be calculated in terms of the dry matter content of these products. Download the fully revised regulations here

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