Dioxins and PCBs

Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs are toxic chemicals that remain in the environment for years and build up 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.

EU Legislation

Action Levels (including monitoring recommendation): Commission Recommendation 2013/711 on the reduction of the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in feed and food



EU guidance documents

Sampling and analysis Regulation: Regulation (EC) No. 333/2007

Increased Control Measures


For emergency measures and temporary increased controls please visit our section on import controls

National Legislation

Statutory Instrument No. 218 of 2010 as amended (please visit Irish Statute Book website for amendments)


Last reviewed: 13/1/2021

Food Supplements


Food Labelling