The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) is an international expert scientific committee that is administered jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
It has been meeting since 1956, initially to evaluate the safety of food additives.
Areas of work
Risk assessment/safety evaluation of:
Food additives (intentionally added)
Processing aids (considered as food additives)
Flavouring agents (by functional groups)
Residues of veterinary drugs in animal products
Specifications and analytical methods, residue definition, MRL proposals (veterinary drugs)
Development of general principles
JECFA has evaluated more than 2,500 food additives, approximately 40 contaminants and naturally occurring toxicants, and residues of approximately 90 veterinary drugs.
The Committee has also developed principles for safety assessment of chemicals in foods that are consistent with current thinking on risk assessment and take account of developments in toxicology and other relevant sciences.
Seventy-fifth meeting. Residues of veterinary drugs. (Corrigendum: The status of the recommended MRLs for Apramycin are temporary and not fully recommended MRLs as reported in the Summary of the 75th Meeting of the Committee that was issued on 23 November 2011.) Rome, 8-17 November 2011