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EU sets limits on contaminants in foodstuffs


The EU this week adopted legally binding limits on the presence ofdioxin and other contaminants in food. Any food exceeding thesestrict limits is excluded from the food chain. David Byrne EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissionercommented, "I am pleased to see the Ministers recognise that weneed to be uncompromising and severe on contaminants in food. Thisnew legislation, in setting legally binding limits, sets a newmilestone in the EU's feed and food safety strategy"

"Our strategy aims to deal with a complicated cycle ofcontamination necessitating simultaneously measures to reduce thepresence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in environment, feedingstuffsand foodstuffs. While these measures offer protection of consumerhealth, the ultimate goal must be to further reduce dioxin releaseat the source, to stop it from entering the environment," hecontinued. The Council Regulation adopted today is a part of an overallstrategy to reduce the presence of dioxins and PCBs in environment,feed and food. The adopted Regulation is an amendment of theCommission Regulation (EC/466/2001) on maximum levels for certaincontaminants in foodstuffs. It fixes strict but feasible maximumlevels for dioxin in food. The Regulation will enter into force on1 July 2002.

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