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FSANZ Publishes Total Diet Study

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has published the 26th Australian Total Diet Study which investigated levels of compounds classified as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) by the Stockholm Convention in a broad range of foods and beverages. The POPs investigated were dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) and non-dioxin-like PCBs (NDL-PCBs). The levels of dioxins and NDL-PCBs across all foods were low and did not exceed Australian or European regulatory limits and did not raise any public health and safety concerns.
Foods with the highest mean dioxin levels were salmon fillets and fish fillets. Other foods with detectable levels included crumbed fish portions, butter, cheddar cheese, canned tuna, and liver pate. Whilst the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code does not specify MLs for dioxins, a comparison of analytical results with MLs set by the EU indicated no exceedances of the EU limits.

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Posted on 11 August 2021