Strict EU dioxin controls in food proposed

Commission proposes new maximum limits, action levels, in bid to bear down on human exposure

The European Commission today moved the EU's anti-dioxin strategy another step forward by publishing proposals for strict new limits on dioxins in food and animal feeds. Similar controls should eventually be extended to dioxin-like PCBs, the EU executive said.

Intense study of potential health threats from dioxins and similar chemicals has been underway in Europe since a 1999 scandal in which industrial oils containing PCBs and traces of dioxins found their way into the Belgian animal feed chain (EED 02/06/99).

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