EU limits finalised for dioxins in food, feed

Member states approve first-ever EU caps; no derogations beyond deal for Sweden, Finland

First-ever EU legal limits on dioxin concentrations in food and animal feed have been formally adopted and will enter into force on 1 July. Limits for food were rubber-stamped today by EU education ministers and limits for animal feed were dealt with on Tuesday by fisheries ministers.

The caps are exactly those proposed by the European Commission last summer (EED 20/07/01), with the exception of a derogation - already reported by ENDS Europe DAILY - granted to Sweden and Finland. This relates to domestic sale of fish from the Baltic (EED 26/11/01).

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