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Parliamentary questions
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17 February 2017
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-009617/2016

Since 2007, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published several reports related to the presence of furan in food:

On 2 December 2009, an external scientific report on furan in heat processed food products including home cooked food products and ready-to-eat products(1);
On 18 December 2009, an external scientific/technical report on consumer exposure to furan from heat-processed foods and kitchen air(2);
On 22 August 2011, a scientific report with an update on furan levels in food from monitoring years 2004-2010 and exposure assessment(3).

Following the availability at the end of 2015 of the study report on the furan carcinogenicity bioassay, supported by an interagency agreement between the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the Food Drug Administration (FDA), the Commission requested EFSA in January 2016 for a scientific opinion on the human health risks related to the presence of furan and its methyl analogues in food (Mandate M-2016-0012, Question EFSA-Q-2016-00025)(4).

EFSA is committed to delivering the risk assessment by the end of 2017. Once available, the Commission shall take into account the outcome of the risk assessment and consider, if appropriate and needed, possible regulatory measures to reduce the presence of furan in food to ensure a high level of human health protection.

(3)EFSA Journal 2011; 9(9): 2347 http://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/scientific_output/files/main_documents/2347.pdf

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