Public consultation: draft Scientific Opinion on evaluation of the health risks related to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels

25 January 2019
Document (2.2 MB)
Annex A (59.5 KB)
Annex B (298.96 KB)
Annex C (153.08 KB)
Annex D (270 KB)

EFSA's Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the health risks related to the presence of cyanogenic glycosides in foods other than raw apricot kernels. This document presents an evaluation of the applicability of the ARfD established for cyanide in raw apricot kernels for other foods containing cyanogenic glycosides, an evaluation of the relevance of chronic effects related to human dietary exposure to cyanogenic glycosides, estimations of acute and chronic dietary exposure to cyanogenic glycosides and an assessment of human health risks related to acute dietary exposure to cyanogenic glycosides.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 25 January 2019.

Please use the electronic template provided: to submit comments and refer to the line and page numbers. To submit additional data to support your comments or files, there is an upload function available in the tool (for a maximum size of 1Mb file).
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Please note that comments will not be considered if they:

  • are submitted after the closing date of the consultation
  • are presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template
  • are not related to the contents of the document
  • contain complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material
  • are related to policy or risk management aspects, which are out of the scope of EFSA's activity.

EFSA will assess all comments which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the relevant EFSA Panel and taken into consideration if found to be relevant

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Contributions will be published (as part of an EFSA report published together with the final opinion) and may be re-used by EFSA in a different context. It should be noted that contributions submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be published as such, indicating the author’s first and family name, unless a substantial justification for protection is provided by the respondent. Contributions submitted on behalf of an organisation are also made publicly available and attributed to the organization in question.

Submit comments (deadline: 25 January 2019)

27 November 2018