EU-28: Additional EU Maximum Levels for Ochratoxin A on the Horizon

The EU has started to discuss the expansion of the group of products subject to a maximum level for Ochratoxin A (OTA) to include dried figs and dried apricots or all dried fruit, mixtures of spices, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, pistachios, hazelnuts or all tree nuts, liquorice placed on the market for the final consumer, herbs and herbal teas and cocoa powder. Maximum levels have been proposed for further discussion. Any comments on these proposals, including data that stakeholders might have on OTA levels in these foodstuffs are welcomed by the EU. The proposal will be discussed further and once agreement has been reached, will be included in the legislation for contaminants in food. 

EU-28: Additional EU Maximum Levels for Ochratoxin A on the Horizon