IMACE welcomes the publication of EFSA’s Opinion on 2-MCPD, 3-MCPD and Glycidyl esters, in which EFSA has set a new and significantly lower Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) level for 3-MCPD. EFSA considers 3-MCPD and Glycidyl esters as a potential health concern for certain population groups. For 2-MCPD esters, EFSA could not draw conclusions due to the limited toxicological data. EFSA recommends further monitoring and research.
“The health and safety of consumers is the number one priority of IMACE. Margarine manufacturers are committed to offering the best possible products to consumers in terms of health, nutrition, taste and affordability. We will never compromise on food safety” says Siska Pottie, Managing Director of IMACE, the European Margarine Association.
2-MCPD esters, 3-MCPD esters and Glycidyl esters are substances that occur during the refining of vegetable oils and fats. Refined vegetable oils are an important ingredient of many food products.
IMACE takes a proactive stance towards food safety. Since 2006, when the topic was first raised, the industry, through joint efforts, collected data and started intensive research to understand the formation pathways of these compounds.
IMACE members are working actively to reduce the levels of these compounds in their products by sourcing vegetable oils and fats with low levels of these substances. IMACE members are working closely with refiners, particularly on palm oil. Several mitigation strategies are being applied to lower the levels of MCPD esters and Glycidyl esters to a level as low as reasonably achievable. EFSA recognized the important reductions of Glycidyl esters already achieved by the industry.
EFSA recommends further monitoring and research. IMACE will continue its efforts in close collaboration with regulatory and other stakeholders, including the vegetable oil and fat refiners and academia.
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About EFSA’s report: 2-MCPD esters, 3-MCPD esters and Glycidyl esters are substances that occur during the refining of vegetable oils and fats. They arise in all refined vegetable oils and fats, when higher temperatures are applied, which is done to achieve quality and safety specifications, with a particular focus on palm oil. For 3-MCPD, EFSA has set a tolerable daily intake of 0.8µg per kg of body weight. For 2-MCPD, EFSA could not draw conclusions due to the limited toxicological data. With regard to glycidyl esters, EFSA recognized the reductions already achieved, but still considers it as a potential health concern for all younger age groups with average exposures.
About the European Margarine Association: IMACE is the voice of the European margarine and spread producers. The association, which represents more than 70% of the European sector, has led the industry’s efforts towards nutritional improvements for decades. IMACE focuses on continuous improvement and communication on the areas of nutrition, sustainability, information to consumers and food safety.
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