The EU this week adopted legally binding limits on the presence of dioxin and other contaminants in food. Any food exceeding these strict limits is excluded from the food chain.
David Byrne EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner commented, "I am pleased to see the Ministers recognise that we need to be uncompromising and severe on contaminants in food. This new legislation, in setting legally binding limits, sets a new milestone in the EU's feed and food safety strategy"
"Our strategy aims to deal with a complicated cycle of contamination necessitating simultaneously measures to reduce the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in environment, feedingstuffs and foodstuffs. While these measures offer protection of consumer health, the ultimate goal must be to further reduce dioxin release at the source, to stop it from entering the environment," he continued.
The Council Regulation adopted today is a part of an overall strategy to reduce the presence of dioxins and PCBs in environment, feed and food. The adopted Regulation is an amendment of the Commission Regulation (EC/466/2001) on maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. It fixes strict but feasible maximum levels for dioxin in food. The Regulation will enter into force on 1 July 2002.