Dioxins and PCBs in food and feed
In common language, the two closely related classes of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and dibenzofurans (PCDFs) are referred to as “dioxins” (sometimes also referred to as PCDD/DF). Because of the similar toxicological mechanisms of action, some representatives (congeners) of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have recently been included in the “dioxin” designation. This group of substances is referred to as “dioxin-like PCB” or “coplanar PCB” (cPCB).
An acute health risk exists only in accidents with larger amounts of dioxins or PCB. However, according to World Health Organization (WHO) calculations, a large part of the European population absorbs more than the WHO’s maximum levels of dioxins or PCBs through food.
Biolytix is offering a test for total BEQ (Bioanalytical Equivalents) for dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs. The analyzes are carried out by an accredited procedure and results are already available after 4-5 working days.