Sweden, Finland win dioxin in fish derogation

Heavy lobbying succeeds as member states win five-year delay for dioxin limits in food

Heavy lobbying by Sweden and Finland paid off on Thursday when a deal was agreed allowing them to delay full application of imminent EU limits on dioxins in food. Domestic sale and consumption of Baltic Sea fish will be allowed until at least 2006 despite the fact that levels of carcinogenic dioxins will far exceed the new EU limit. The agreement will be rubber-stamped by fisheries ministers tomorrow.

Under the agreement, all exports will be banned and both countries will be required to warn consumers of health risks and to report annually on dioxin concentrations.

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