Later in the article, you ask why have a World Health Organisation safety limit, if to breach it creates no hazard? This is where you can appreciate the Government's dilemma.
The World Health Organisation limit is a target concentration of patulin which virtually guarantees that no ill effects will occur over a lifetime of consumption. The target incorporates an enormous safety factor, in part to ensure that no harm will accrue if the target is missed from time to time.
You seem to assume that missing the target once is going to wipe out a generation of apple juice drinkers. You should realise that even the most potent of poisons can be swallowed with impunity, if the dose is small enough, hence the safety factor.
D. M. CONNING
The British Nutrition Foundation
15 FebruaryReuse content