EU food contamination limits updated

Regulation introduces new limits on PAH, consolidates existing rules on other contaminants

Europe-wide limits on a range of contaminants in food and animal feed have been consolidated in a regulation published on Wednesday. The law sets first EU limits on benzo(a)pyrene, a marker for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). It restates existing limits on dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs, and the heavy metals lead, mercury, cadmium and tin, as well as nitrates, fungal toxins and 3-MCPD. A separate regulation lays down methods of sampling and analysis for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. See commission regulation 1881/2006 setting contaminant limits and 1883/2006 on dioxin sampling and analysis.

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