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Draft opinion: Public consultation on nitrosamines in food

Public consultation on EFSA Draft Scientific Opinion on the human health risks related to the presence of nitrosamines in food

Nitrosamines are chemical compounds that can form in foods during their preparation and processing. They have been found in foods such as cured meats, processed fish, cocoa, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Nitrosamines can also be present in a number of other foods such as cooked meat, processed vegetables, cereals, milk and dairy products or fermented, pickled and spiced foods. Some nitrosamines are genotoxic (can damage DNA) and carcinogenic (can cause cancer). EFSA's draft opinion assesses the risks to public health related to the presence of nitrosamines in food.

The assessment concluded that for all age groups dietary exposure to nitrosamines is above the level that could indicate a health concern.

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments by 22 November 2022.

For more information and submission your comments, visit the following link:


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