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Abstract

After general considerations, influenced by the limited time available for this exercise and following discussions held at EFSA with members of the EFSA Working group on non-dioxin-like PCBs, it was agreed that JRC would be contacted to provide assistance in processing the data, submitted by Member states as part of the EC recommended monitoring for dioxins and PCBs.

This report describes the criteria used to screen the data received and provides some comments from a first analysis of some of the foods and feeding stuffs for which results were submitted. The main aims of this work were to:
1. Derive from the data available, background levels of dioxin-like PCBs in the foodstuffs and animal feed presently covered by the legislation and investigate whether any patterns emerge in the ratios between dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in certain food/feed types or in certain areas.
2. Derive, from the data available, background levels of non-dioxin-like PCBs, in particular 'indicator PCBs' or 'PCBs-7 (or PCBs-6)' and investigate whether any patterns emerge in ratios between non-dioxin-like PCBs and dioxin-like PCBs in certain food/feed types. These data will be made available to the EFSA Working group on non-dioxin-like PCBs, which is conducting a risk assessment of the impact of non-dioxin-like PCBs on human health.

Additional information

Authors: GALLANI B, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE);VERSTRAETE F, European Commission, DG Health and Consumer Protection, Brussels (BE);BOIX A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);VON HOLST C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);ANKLAM E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21093 EN (2004), various paging. Free of charge
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