Scientific Steering Committee
Risk ranking of undesirable substances in food - which foods are the most relevant to monitor?
The Scientific Committee for Food and Environment (VKM) will prepare an overview identifying the chemical substances in food, beverages and dietary supplements which are most relevant to monitor, and will describe how the monitoring should take place.
The report has been commissioned by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.
Having an overview of foreign substances in food and beverages used for monitoring these helps to ensure safe food. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority needs a better knowledge base to assess which foods, beverages and/or dietary supplements should be monitored, and more knowledge is needed about monitoring and sampling these.
The assignment follows up an assignment from 2019 in which VKM identified and ranked risks of various foreign substances in food.
VKM has been asked to prepare an overview of which foods, beverages and dietary supplements are most relevant to monitor for the foreign substances VKM has ranked. The overview should be based on what the Norwegian population eats and should describe how the monitoring should take place for each of the individual combinations of food/food group and foreign matter.
The project group consists of:
Camilla Svendsen, member of the VKM Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Adis, Material in Contact with Food, and Cosmetics (chair of the project group)
Heidi Amlund, member of the VKM Panel on Contaminants
Monica Hauger Carlsen, member of the VKM Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Adis, Material in Contact with Food, and Cosmetics
Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen, member of the VKM Panel on Contaminants
Trine Husøy, member of the VKM Panel on Food Additives, Flavourings, Processing Adis, Material in Contact with Food, and Cosmetics and member of the Scientific Steering Committee
Anine Medin, member of the VKM Panel on Nutrition, Dietetic Products, Novel Food and Allergy
Robin Ørnsrud, member of the VKM Panel on Animal Feed
Inger Therese Laugsand Lillegaard, the VKM secretariat
Gro Haarklou Mathisen, the VKM secretariat (project leader)
VKM’s Scientific Steering Committee is responsible for the assessment. It will be published in May 2022.