The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) has opened a public consultation on a draft scientific opinion on the risks posed to human and animal health from the presence of chlorinated paraffins in food and feed. The announcement was made in a press release published on August 6, 2019. The draft opinion “presents an estimation of the human dietary exposure to chlorinated paraffins via the consumption of fish, and an assessment of the human health risks related to this dietary exposure.”

Chlorinated paraffins have been used in a wide range of applications and products since the 1930s including in plastics and sealants, flame retardants, lubricants, and in the rubber industry. Chlorinated paraffins can be produced in various chain lengths, some of which are included in the FACET inventory of food contact chemicals. Previous research has reviewed the environmental risks of medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (FPF reported). The public consultation is currently open online until September 17, 2019.

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EFSA (August 6, 2019). “Public consultation on the draft EFSA opinion on Chlorinated Paraffins in feed and food.”