Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs are toxic chemicals that persist in the environment for years and accumulate at low levels in the food chain, usually in the fatty tissues of animals. Their presence in food and feed has declined in the last 30 years thanks to the efforts of public authorities and industry.
Available EU guidance documents:
- Guidance on sampling of whole fishes of different size and/or weight
- Guidelines for the enforcement of provisions on dioxins in the event non-compliance with the maximum levels for dioxins in food.
- Information on analysis of dioxins in food and feed can be found on the website of the EU Reference laboratory for dioxins and PCBs in feed and food.
Increased Control Measures: For potentially applicable emergency measures and temporary increased controls please see the section on Import and Export.