Stricter dioxin rules urged for waste firms

The EU must regulate the waste recycling industry more closely to avoid more food contamination incidents like the one in Belgium in 1999, in which PCBs and dioxins accidentally ended up in livestock feed, according to a consultancy report released by the European Commission. Written by experts at the University of Bayreuth, the study evaluates the presence of dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants in waste and assesses the risk of these pollutants contaminating the food chain. It recommends "strict separation" rules to ensure that waste oils destined for livestock feed production are segregated from heavily polluted products such as transformer oils. See the report.

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