New Commission Regulation on dioxins and PCBs in foodstuffs by Nick Boley
June 4, 2014, 11:30
Filed under: EU Regulation/Legislation, Food and Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The European Commission has published a new Regulation (589/2014) which lays down methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs. It also repeals the former Regulation, 252/2012.

The new regulation supports Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 which states maximum levels for non-dioxin-like PCBs, dioxins and furans and for the sum of dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs. It provides detailed sampling protocols for foodstuffs suspected of containing dioxins and PCBs, as well as up-to-date analytical methods to be used both for screening and confirmatory analysis of these highly toxic compounds.

The new methodologies take into account recent advances in analytical measurement technology and quality assurance, and stipulates the performance characteristics of any laboratory method to be used for these measurements.



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What a marked contrast in measurement strategy between this and the previous item on PAHs! A fully-fledged high-tech standard method for PAHs; but for PCBs & dioxins, an emphasis on performance characteristics for any lab method that fits the bill. Is the contrast rational, with the most efficient strategy having been chosen for each regulatory goal? Or is it more a matter of habit and “we’ve always done it this way” among the decision makers in each field?

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