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FSIS set to begin dioxin analysis of U.S. meat, poultry

Federal agencies are set to begin a year-long testing program on U.S. beef, pork and poultry to measure the levels of a highly toxic group of chemicals called dioxins, which are best known for their use in Agent Orange and other herbicides. The 2018 Dioxin Survey, headed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services… Continue Reading

Hairy crabs taking dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs into Hong Kong

Among six hairy crab samples — three collected at the import level and three from retail sales — Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety recently found one with levels of dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs that exceeded the maximum allowed by law. The finding promoted further review and caused Hong Kong to suspend import… Continue Reading

Texas Issues Fish Consumption Warning for Neches River Basin

Texans have received a warning from the state department of health about six species of fish caught in portions of the Neches River Basin due to fish testing for heightened levels of mercury and dioxins. The area of concern is a portion of the Neches River Basin that includes Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen… Continue Reading

Dioxin Chicken Recall Prompts Questions from Food & Water Watch

Food & Water Watch, a Washington, DC-based advocacy group, said Monday it’s concerned about the way the U.S. Department of Agriculture is regulating meat imports following last weekend’s recall of nearly 200,000 pounds of imported chicken for dioxins — toxic pollutants that can pose a public health risk. On Saturday, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service… Continue Reading

After Long Delay, EPA Releases Dioxin Assessment

After decades of consideration, the Environmental Protection Agency has released a final assessment on the health impact of dioxins, for the first time setting a toxicological threshold for non-cancer risks posed by exposure to the chemicals. The food industry had been concerned that EPA would set exposure recommendations below what some Americans are already exposed… Continue Reading

Rep. Markey Urges EPA to Act on Dioxin Assessment

Congressman Ed Markey, D-MA — who serves as Ranking Member of the Natural Resources Committee and is a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee — is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to finalize the long-delayed health assessment of dioxins. Citing the recent government data that showed air releases of dioxin rose 10… Continue Reading

Food Industry Concerned About EPA’s Dioxin Limits

The food industry is worried a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal on dioxin, a group of toxic chemicals, could deem the average American diet dangerous. After several years of deliberation, and a draft proposal, the EPA is expected to release a final guidance on dioxin exposure sometime this month. Last month, the Food Industry Dioxin… Continue Reading