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Legislation on Chemical Contaminants

Thursday, 15 January 2015

This guidance document provides information for Irish industry and for enforcement officers on the European Union (EU) and national legislation related to chemical contaminants in food.

“Contaminant” means any substance not intentionally added to food which is present in such food as a result of the production (including operations carried out in crop husbandry, animal husbandry and veterinary medicine), manufacture, processing, preparation, treatment, packing, packaging, transport or holding of such food, or as a result of environmental contamination.