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Dioxin exposure and health

The results of an EU-funded study on dioxin exposure and health are now available from an on-line report.

The study, on the current dioxin exposure and health data in the EU, was co-funded by the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General and has now been presented...
The results of an EU-funded study on dioxin exposure and health are now available from an on-line report.

The study, on the current dioxin exposure and health data in the EU, was co-funded by the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General and has now been presented to the Commission task force on dioxins.

The report concludes that the daily intake of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds is still above recommended levels for some parts of the population. This is despite the fact that dioxin levels have decreased in recent years in all countries for which data for the last 10 to 15 years are available. Exposure levels fell by an average of 10% each year between the mid 1980s and mid 1990s, according to the report.

The report, which is now available on-line, includes a summary of several 'tasks' addressing the following issues:

- Member States' legislation and programmes;
- Environmental levels;
- Environmental fate and transport;
- Human exposure;
- Human tissues and milk levels;
- Trends;
- Ecotoxicology;
- Human toxicology;
- Generic issues.
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