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Dioxin exposure and health


On 15 October 2010 the Commission adopted the third progress report on the Dioxin Strategy. The report covers the period of 2007 to 2009 and summarises

  • the activities undertaken to reduce the presence of dioxins and PCBs in the environment
  • the activities undertaken to reduce the presence of dioxins and PCBs in feed and food
  • the research activities to fill some of the existing knowledge gaps concerning dioxins, furans and PCBs.

The main conclusions are:

  • The overall objective of the Dioxin Strategy to develop an integrated approach in order to reduce the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in the environment as well as in feed and food has been achieved to a large extent with the reduction of industrial emissions of these pollutants by about 80% over the past two decades. The full implementation of existing and recently introduced revised legislation regulating industrial emissions is expected to further reduce these emissions.
  • Remaining sources of dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls are relatively wide spread over small-scale industrial and non industrial sources and seem to be more effectively targeted by national/regional and local measures.
  • Certain areas where further analysis continues to be needed are related to a better understanding of the occurrence of dioxins in food and feed and secondary releases from soils and waters of contaminated sites.