Food Law News - UK - 2001

FSA Press Release (2001/0133), 8 August 2001

CONTAMINANTS - Second Report on Dioxins Around Pyres Continues to Reassure

The second phase of test results for dioxins and PCB's in foods around selected pyres continue to provide a generally reassuring picture at this stage, says a report published by the Food Standards Agency today.

One half of all samples have now been tested from Anglesey, Cornwall, Cumbria, Carmarthenshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Devon. Samples include milk, hen eggs, duck eggs, chickens, cheese, butter, lamb, trout, cream, ice cream, soil and herbage. Nearly all the results fall within the normal expected ranges.

Investigations are continuing into higher than expected results found in chickens from Dumfries and Galloway and in hen eggs in Anglesey. These are not thought to relate to the pyres and have already been reported by the Agency on 5 July and 21 June respectively.

The Agency issued precautionary advice on 25 May to people who consume whole milk products only from animals within 2km of pyres that may wish to vary their diet to include milk and milk products from other sources. Until further results become available, this advice remains unchanged.

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