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24 / 11 / 2000

Scientific opinions on dioxin in feed and food

The Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) and the Scientific Committee on Animal Nutrition (SCAN) have today published opinions on the contamination of food products and animal feed by dioxins and closely related PCBs. Given the persistent nature of these compounds the SCF has established a temporary tolerable weekly intake (t-TWI) of 7 picogram equivalents per kilogram body weight for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. The main conclusion of the SCAN is that fish oil and fishmeal are the most heavily contaminated feed materials. Both the SCAN and the SCF recommend an integrated approach to reduce dioxin contamination all along the food chain, a continuing reduction of the emissions to the environment and more systematic and co-ordinated generation and collection of comparable and reliable data.

The European Commission has been actively working towards a comprehensive strategy to deal with dioxin contamination in food and has asked for both scientific opinions as part of that process. The Feira European Council of June this year asked the Commission to propose harmonised rules on contaminants. Today's scientific opinions form the key scientific input to the development of this strategy. Based on these scientific opinions the Commission will be consulting with Member States in the near future with a view to bringing forward legislative proposals early in 2001.

The full texts of the opinions are available at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scan/outcome_en.html and http://ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/scf/outcome_en.html

Released on 27/11/2000

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