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Survey of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Offal
Project Code: C02062;
- Fernandes, A., Mortimer, D., Rose, M. & Gem, M. (2010) Dioxins (PCDD/Fs) and PCBs in offal: occurrence and dietary exposure. Chemosphere, 81(4), 536-540.
Retail samples of various types of offals consumed in the UK were analysed for dioxins and PCBs. Levels were generally low, although higher concentrations of dioxins were found in liver samples from certain species. Some of these levels exceeded the regulatory limit for dioxins in liver. The data may prompt a re-examination of the way the existing limit is expressed. Dietary exposure, estimated on a whole weight basis, indicates no significant risk to health. Existing Agency advice on the consumption of liver remains unchanged.
The Food Survey Information Sheet 15/06 for this survey can be found at: http://www.food.gov.uk/science/surveillance/fsisbranch2006/fsis1506
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