Call for continuous collection of chemical contaminants occurrence data in food and feed

Deadline
1 October 2018

Background

In the framework of Articles 23 and 33 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 EFSA has received from the European Commission a mandate (M-2010-0374) to collect all available data on the occurrence of chemical contaminants in food and feed. These data are used in EFSA’s scientific opinions and reports on contaminants in food and feed.

Submission of data

National food authorities, research institutions, academia, food business operators and other stakeholders are invited to submit data on occurrence of contaminants with a focus on the substances listed below.

Process Contaminants

  • Furan, 2-methylfuran, 3-methylfuran and 2,5-dimethylfuran
  • Acrylamide
  • PAHs
  • 3-MCPD, 3MCPD esters and glycidyl esters
  • Ethyl Carbamate

Organic contaminants

  • Dioxins and PCBs
  • Non dioxin-like PCBs
  • Brominated Flame Retardants
  • PFAS
  • Chlorinated Paraffins
  • Mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Melamine and analogues
  • Benzene

Inorganic 

  • Nitrates in food
  • Cadmium 
  • Lead 
  • Arsenic (inorganic and total)
  • Mercury (methyl mercury and total mercury)
  • Fluorine in feed
  • Nitrates and Nitrites in feed

Mycotoxins

  • Aflatoxins (B1 in feed, B1, B2, G1 and G2 and Total in food, M1 in dairy)
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Deoxynivalenol (and acetylated derivatives and DON-3-glucoside)
  • Zearalenone and modified forms
  • Fumonisins and modified forms
  • Alternaria toxins (alternariol, alternariol monomethyl ether, tenuazonic acid, tentoxin)
  • Patulin
  • T-2 and HT-2 and modified forms
  • Nivalenol and modified forms
  • Ergot alkaloids
  • Enniatins 
  • Sterigmatocystin 
  • Beauvericin 
  • Citrinin
  • Moniliformin 
  • Diacetoxyscirpenol 
  • Phomopsins 

Plant toxins

  • Opium alkaloids 
  • Quinolizidine alkaloids
  • Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
  • Glucosinolates 
  • Glyco-alkaloids 
  • Tropane alkaloids
  • Hydrocyanic acid
  • Erucic acid  
  • Specific for feed
    • Free Gossypol
    • Theobromine
    • Ricin
    • Abrin
    • Crotin I

Organochlorine compounds specific for feed

  • Aldrin
  • Dieldrin
  • Camphechlor
  • Chlordane
  • DDT
  • Endosulfan
  • Endrin
  • Heptachlor
  • Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
  • Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH-alpha, beta and gamma isomers)

Data must be submitted in electronic format (XML) to the EFSA Data Collection Framework (DCF) https://dcf.efsa.europa.eu/dcf-war/dc. User credentials are required to access the DCF web interface, please contact data.collection [at] efsa.europa.eu to obtain these credentials.  

During 2018, EFSA will accept data in SSD1 (version 1) and SSD2 (version 2) formats.

If reporting data in SSD1 format, specific reporting requirements apply for certain contaminants as detailed in the document ‘Specific reporting requirements for contaminants and food additives occurrence data submission’ available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/sp.efsa.2017.EN-1262/full.

In case data are compiled using the simplified Excel file, they cannot be transmitted using the DCF web interface. In this case data should be sent to the e-mail address ( data.collection [at] efsa.europa.eu ).

Please follow the instructions below for the correct use of the reporting format to avoid compromising its functionalities:

  1. Download and save the MS Excel® Standard Sample Description file to your computer (do not open the file before saving and do not change the file name)
  2. Download and save the file MS Excel® Simplified Reporting Format (do not open the file before saving)
  3. Keep both Excel files in the same folder
  4. Open both Excel files and enable the macros
  5. Keep both files open in the same Excel instance when filling in the data

If reporting data in SSD2, the guidance ‘Specific reporting requirements for contaminants and food additives occurrence data submission in SSD2’ should be used and is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/sp.efsa.2017.EN-1261/full

The major release of the catalogues (31/01/2018) and the SSD1 and SSD2 structural metadata can be downloaded from https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.779880

The DCF will open for the 2018 data collection on contaminants from 15 May 2018 to 1 October 2018.

In case data are compiled using the simplified Excel file, they cannot be transmitted using the DCF web interface. In this case data should be sent to the e-mail address ( data.collection [at] efsa.europa.eu ).

Related calls for data

Food additives

In the framework of the EU food additive re-evaluation programme (Regulation (EU) No 257/2010) EFSA requires data on the occurrence (concentration) and usage levels of food additives. Occurrence data on food additives can be submitted to EFSA using the EFSA DCF (from 15 May to 1 October 2018) or using MS Excel simplified format.

Contact details

Please address any technical enquiries regarding the reporting of data to data.collection [at] efsa.europa.eu

Updated: 5 April 2018

Published
7 March 2018