The presence of endocrine active substances in feeds may represent either a direct risk for farm animals and an important exposure factor for consumers, particularly for vulnerable groups such as children.
Within EFSA this issue is considered by two panels:
- Panel on contaminants in the food chain (CONTAM) as regards undesirable substances, mainly of environmental origin, such as persistent contaminants and mycotoxins.
- Panel on additives and products or substances used in animal feed (FEEDAP)as regards substances intentionally added to feeds to achieve a nutritional or zootechnical effect, but that require an assessment of both risks and benefits, such as trace elements.
Literature from 2000 to current year
The bibliographic citation section pertaining to Italian Research in Epidemiology and Biomonitoring field .
Purpose of the recommendations
Most congenital anomalies are rare and form an important group of Rare Diseases, for which EU Member States are developing National Plans. Primary prevention of congenital anomalies was identified as an important action in the field of Rare Diseases in the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European economic and social committee and the committee of the regions of 11th November 2008. This document aims at providing an outline of evidence-based policy actions for primary prevention of congenital anomalies. It does not seek to recommend specific policy options, rather to indicate the areas that Member States could target in their strategies for Primary Prevention of congenital anomalies. EUROPLAN...
The characterization of possible risks for human health associated to the exposure to Endocrine Disrupters is a new priority for food and environmental safety. Since the co-ordination of the national research project (2000-2003) "Human Exposure to Xenobiotics with Potential Endocrine Activities: Evaluation of Reproductive and Developmental Risks" (2000-2003) the Italian National Health Institute (I.S.S.) has a major role in the Italian research on endocrine disrupters; moreover, the I.S.S, has contributed to the development of a national interdisciplinary network, encompassing molecular biology, experimental toxicology, dietyary and environmental exposure assessment as well as biomonitoring. The Endocrine Disrupters website aims at providing up-to-date information on activities and...
This section collects scientific references on possible approaches aimed to mitigate the exposure and/or hazard from endocrine disrupters and other contaminants in food chains and the environment .
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