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Contaminants in the Food Chain

The Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) provides scientific advice on contaminants in the food chain and undesirable substances such as natural toxicants, mycotoxins and residues of unauthorised substances.

CONTAM Panel Members are scientists from across Europe with expertise in:

  • Chemistry – organic, inorganic, analytical chemistry, food and feed processing in the area of chemical contaminants
  • Exposure assessment – expertise is required especially in relation to dietary exposure assessment of chemical contaminants including knowledge on food consumption surveys
  • Human and veterinary toxicology (in risk assessment of chemicals) – absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion (ADME) of substances (toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics), sub-chronic and chronic toxicity (repeated dose studies), genotoxicity and mutagenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, carcinogenicity, allergenicity and immunotoxicity.
  • Toxicological tests in experimental animals – interpreting toxic effects of chemical contaminants in farm and pet animals
  • Epidemiology – biomarkers of the effects and exposure and interpretation of human data)
  • Statistics – assessment of dose-response effects, e.g. benchmark dose modelling and analysis of complex (epidemiological) data sets
  • Animal nutrition – animal exposure assessment.

Panel Members

CONTAM Panel Members, 2018-2021

Chair: Schrenk, Dieter
Vice-Chair: Hogstrand, Christer; Wallace, Heather
Members: Bignami, Margherita; Bodin, Laurent; Chipman, James Kevin; Del Mazo, Jesus; Grasl-Kraupp, Bettina; Hoogenboom, Laurentius (Ron); Leblanc, Jean-Charles; Nebbia, Carlo Stefano; Nielsen, Elsa; Ntzani, Evangelia; Petersen, Annette; Sand, Salomon; Schwerdtle, Tanja; Vleminckx, Christiane

View Declarations of Interests and CVs.

Previous Panel Members


Chair: Helle Katrine Knutse
Vice-Chair: Lutz Edler; Christiane Vleminckx
Members: Jan Alexander; Lars Barregard; Margherita Bignami; Beat Brüschweiler, as of July 2016; Sandra Ceccatelli; Bruce Cottrill; Michael Dinovi; Bettina Grasl-Kraupp; Christer Hogstrand; Laurentius (Ron) Hoogenboom; Carlo Stefano Nebbia; Isabelle Oswald; Annette Petersen; Vera Maria Rogiers, until June 2016; Martin Rose; Alain-Claude Roudot; Tanja Schwerdtle; Guenter Vollmer; Heather Wallace


Chair: Diane Benford
Vice-chair: Peter Fürst; Dieter Schrenk
Members: Sandra Ceccatelli; Bruce Cottrill; Michael DiNovi; Eugenia Dogliotti; Lutz Edler; Peter Farmer; Anne Katrine Lundebye; Laurentius Ron Hoogenboom; Helle Katrine Knutsen; Manfred Metzler; Antonio Mutti; Carlo Stefano Nebbia; Michael O’Keeffe; Annette Petersen; Ivonne Rietjens, until May 2014; Vittorio Silano, until July 2014; Hendrik Van Loveren; Christiane Vleminckx; Pieter Wester


Chair: Josef Schlatter
Vice-chair: Diane Benford; Rolaf van Leeuwen
Members: Jan Alexander; Alan Boobis; Sandra Ceccatelli; Bruce Cottrill, as of May 2011; Jean-Pierre Cravedi; Alessandro di Domenico; Daniel Doerge; Eugenia Dogliotti; Lutz Edler; Peter Farmer; Metka Filipic; Johanna Fink-Gremmels; Peter Fürst; Thierry Guérin; Helle Katrine Knutsen; Christopher Livesey, until July 2009; Miroslav Machala; Antonio Mutti; Martin Rose, as of May 2011; Philippe Verger, until November 2009

The Declarations of Interests and CVs of previous Panel members are available upon request.

Working groups

Name Meetings, agendas and minutes (last updated) Members and declarations
BFRs in food
HMF in honey bees
MOH in food
Nitrofurans and their metabolites in food
Nitrosamines in food
Non-allowed pharmacologically active substances in food and feed and their reference points for action (2015-2018)
SWG on feed detoxification
WG on scallops

Closed working groups

Name Minutes (last update)
3-MCPD update
Acrylamide in Food
Aflatoxins in food
Aspergillus toxins
Brominated Flame Retardants
Chlorate in Food
Chlorinated Paraffins in food and feed
Chromium and nickel
Dioxins in food and feed
Dioxins in food for children
Erucic acid in food and feed
Fumonisins in feed
Furan in food
Fusarium toxins
Glycoalkaloids in food and feed
Gossypol in whole cotton seed
Health-based guidance value (HBGV) for mycotoxins
Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in apricot kernels
Masked mycotoxins in food and feed
Maximum level of aflatoxins in peanuts
Maximum levels (MLs) of deoxynivalenol in certain cereal products
MCPD and glycidyl esters
Meat inspection - contaminants
Mercury in food
Mineral hydrocarbons in food
Nickel in feed
Nickel in food
Nitrites and nitrates in feed
Ochratoxin A in food
Opium alkaloids
Perchlorate in food
Perchlorate in food correcting opinion
PFAS in food
Phorbol esters in Jatropha kernel meal
Plastic microparticles and nanoparticles
Previous cargoes
Previous cargoes - re-evaluation
Previous cargoes 2016
Quinolizidine alkaloids in food and feed
Reference Points for Action
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in milk and other products of animal origin
TTX in bivalve molluscs and marine gastropods
Zearalenone in feed

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