Update of the monitoring of levels of dioxins and PCBs in food and feed

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Series Details EFSA Journal 2012;10(7):2832
Publication Date 2012
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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), on 18 July 2012, published a scientific report on levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food and feed. Dioxins and PCBs are persistent environmental pollutants which can accumulate in the food chain. These toxic substances can over time have adverse effects on human health and may cause cancer. The report reveals a general decrease in dietary exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs, comparing the period 2008-2010 with 2002-2004, of at least 16% and up to 79% for the general population, with a similar decrease for toddlers and other children. Exposure to non-dioxin-like PCBs, a sub-set of PCBs with different toxicological properties, also decreased.

Source Link http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/2832.htm
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EFSA: News, 18.7.12: Dioxins and PCBs report shows drop in dietary exposure over last decade http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/120718.htm

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