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CS/PM/3998 Final
Opinion
of the Scientific Committee on Food
on the introduction of a Fat (Consumption) Reduction Factor (FRF)
in the estimation of the exposure to a migrant from food contact materials
(expressed on 4 December 2002)
Terms of reference
The current EU system of estimating exposure of a consumer to a substance migrating from
packaging into foodstuffs is based on the assumption that a consumer can ingest up to a
maximum of 1 kg of fatty foodstuffs per day, even when the fatty foodstuffs is a pure fatty
substance such as a vegetable oil.
In this system, the potential for migration of a substance from a material into fatty foodstuffs
is estimated by the use of olive oil as a medium simulating the maximum extraction capacity
of any of the packaged fatty foodstuffs (liquid or solid).
The Committee is requested to address the following issues:
1.
Can a consumption of 200 g fat/person/day be considered a realistic maximum intake
for consumers, taking into account the results of a fat intake study (1)?

2.
If the answer to question 1 is yes, could the Committee accept an adjustment to the
present convention by introducing a "fat (consumption) reduction factor" (FRF) into
the estimation of the exposure to a migrant in fatty food?

3.
If the answer to question 1 is yes, could the Committee accept an adjustment to the
present convention by introducing a FRF when the estimation of exposure is made on
the basis of migration tests using a fatty food simulant?
In answering the questions under 2. and 3., the Committee is requested to note that
a)
the present assumptions were developed in the early 1960's before the SCF was
established and they were introduced by the Commission;
b)
these assumptions have been subsequently adopted by the SCF when it formulated its
requests for toxicological data and when it established for the substances in the SCF_
List 3 a concentration limit for the migrant in foodstuffs.