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Dioxins and PCBs

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.

Regulatory Information

EU Legislation

Contaminants Framework Regulation: Regulation No. 315/93/EEC, as amended

Contaminants Legislation setting MLs: Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006, as amended

Action Levels (including monitoring recommendation): Commission Recommendation of 3 December 2013 on the reduction of the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in feed and food, as amended

Available EU guidance documents:

Sampling & Analysis Regulation: Regulation (EC) No. 333/2007, as amended

Increased Control Measures: For potentially applicable emergency measures and temporary increased controls, please see the section on Imports.

National Legislation

S.I. No. 218 of 2010 as amended (S.I. No. 276 of 2012, S.I. No. 348 of 2012S.I. No. 380 of 2013S.I. No. 143 of 2014, S.I. No. 329 of 2016, S.I. No. 377 of 2017)