Exceeding EU limits for dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the global food chain
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides information on health risks from dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs are toxic chemicals that form in combustion processes, in particular during the incineration of materials containing PCBs, but also of multifunctional waste or of sewage sludge. Dioxins also exhibit high persistence in the environment and accumulate in small amounts in the fatty tissues of animals.
In a study conducted by an international team of researchers, almost 90% of the areas studied were found to exceed the maximum levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) prescribed by the EU. The data was compiled from samples taken in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South Africa. The maximum levels of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in foodstuffs are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006.
For most age groups in European countries, the average dietary exposure is mainly through fish (especially fatty fish such as herring, salmon or tuna), cheese and meat.
Have your products tested for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs at GBA Group and ensure that your products comply with the established limits.
For more information, click here: Press release EFSA
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