The health benefits of eating moderate amounts of fish, including salmon, as part of a healthy balanced diet outweigh any potential risk from dioxins and man made contaminants, PCBs, the UK Food Standards Agency announced last week. Following 21 surveys carried out by the Agency results found that the best way to reduce dietary exposure to dioxins and PCBs is to reduce emissions to the environment. They further revealed that exposure to these contaminants from the diet has fallen by about 75% between 1982 and 1997. The World Health Organisation and the EC Scientific Committee on Food recently recommended lower weekly intakes ofdioxins and PCBs in light of new findings. But the SCF also emphasised that exceeding these new recommended levels does not necessarily result in an appreciable risk to health. A review of the UK safety guideline that will take into account the WHO and SCF findings as well as other scientific studies is due to be completed in the spring.