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Dioxins in Eggs

Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in eggs

Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are chemical compounds that are ingested by humans primarily through animal foodstuffs. These substances accumulate in the fatty tissue of humans and can thus cause long-term health damage.
For this reason, maximum levels for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs have been in force since 2006. According to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 the following maximum levels apply to chicken eggs:


  • Sum of dioxins: 3.0 pg/g fat
  • Sum of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs: 6,0 pg/g fat


Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs occur in the environment and can easily accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals. For this reason, dioxin contamination is particularly found in animal foodstuffs such as eggs, meat, milk or fish and in products made from them. A further cause can also be contaminated animal feed or incorrect storage of feed.
If food exceeds the maximum levels, it is considered as non-marketable and may not be placed on the market or must be withdrawn from the market.


How can food and feed manufacturers ensure that the maximum levels are not exceeded?


Producers should carry out regular self-checks to monitor the levels of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs. The laboratories of the Tentamus Group are the ideal partner for you in this respect, as we can support you in setting up self-monitoring systems and perform regular laboratory analyses of your products.


Our laboratories routinely test both food and feed for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs and advise you on further necessary measures.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions regarding dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs, food and feed. Our experts will be happy to advise you and send you an individual offer.


Your contact person:


Nicole Schröer
+49 30 206 038 133

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