Commission sets EU dioxin action limits

Member states advised to monitor foods, feeds, reduce sources if contamination above "action" level

The European Commission has recommended a series of thresholds for dioxin content of food and feedstuffs, any exceedences of which, it says, should trigger investigation of possible contamination sources by EU member state authorities.

The levels are higher than legally binding dioxin content limits adopted by EU ministers last year. Both instruments are aimed at reducing dioxin exposure through food over the long term to below World health organisation (WHO) recommended levels (EED 29/11/01).

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