Dioxin levels in food extremely low, claims MAFF

Average human intakes of dioxins from food in the UK are less than a quarter of the recently relaxed World Health Organization (WHO) tolerable level, according to a report by the Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF).1 But the dioxin debate is unlikely to end here. Intakes by breastfeeding infants exceed the WHO tolerable level by a factor of ten.

Food is the major source of exposure to dioxins and furans and the studies reported by MAFF amount to the first extensive survey of its kind in the UK.

The report is the culmination of several years' analysis of food samples from all over the country. These results were married to a total diet study, carried out in 1988, which was designed to find out how much and what sort of foods people were eating. From the results MAFF was able to es

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