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Europe Sets Maximum Levels for Dioxins and PCBs in Food

Source:  Copyright 2006, Environment News Service
Date:  February 6, 2006
Original URL: Status ONLINE


BRUSSELS, Belgium, February 6, 2006 (ENS) - The European Commission Friday adopted new implementing legislation setting maximum levels for the sum of dioxins and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. From November 2006, any food or feed in which the sum of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs exceeds these maximum levels will not be allowed to be marketed in the European Union.

Dioxins and PCBs are toxic chemicals that can cause serious health effects such as cancer, hormone disruption, reduced ability to reproduce, skin toxicity and immune system disorders.

Maximum levels for dioxins in food of animal origin and all animal feed have been in place across the European Union since July 2002. But due to lack of sufficient data and scientific information at the time, no levels were set for dioxin-like PCBs.

Since 2002, new data on dioxin-like PCBs has become available, and the new legislation lays down ...

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