Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives

The APVMA actively participates in the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, which is an international expert scientific committee administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The committee has been meeting since 1956, initially to evaluate the safety of food. Its work now includes the evaluation of contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food. To the end of 2012, the committee has evaluated the residues of approximately 95 veterinary drugs.

The committee has developed principles for the safety assessment of chemicals in foods that are consistent with current thinking on risk assessment and take account of developments in toxicology and other relevant sciences. We use the committee’s methodology to evaluate residues of veterinary drugs in food to establish maximum residue limits.

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