Australian diet study finds low chemical exposure through food

A study in Australia looking at levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in food and drinks has found no food safety concerns for consumers.

The 26th Australian Total Diet Study (ATDS) by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) studied dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs), ​​polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), ​dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs) and non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (NDL-PCBs). These chemicals are of concern as they can accumulate in the body fat of animals and humans for long periods of time and be harmful.

Levels of dioxins and NDL-PCBs across all foods did not exceed Australian or European regulatory limits.

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