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COT Statement on the effects of chronic dietary exposure to methanol 
Committee on Toxicity :: COT 
Methanol has characteristic toxic effects at high doses. However, methanol also occurs in the diet in fruit and vegetables and from the breakdown of the artificial sweetener aspartame as well as being produced naturally within the body. The COT was asked to consider the potential effects of low level, chronic exposure to methanol.

A revised version of this statement was published on 1 August 2011 correcting a factual error in the reporting of study by Lindinger et al., (1997).