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Table 1 Regulation of dioxins, furans and dl-PCBs in fish and other animal food products by the EU

From: Public health concern behind the exposure to persistent organic pollutants and the risk of metabolic diseases

  Maximum levels of dioxins, furans and dl-PCBs (WHO 1998 TEQ)
Meat and meat products from:  
Ruminants: 4.5 pg/g fat
Poultry and farmed game: 4.0 pg/g fat
Pigs: 1.5 pg/g fat
Muscle meat of fish and fishery products 1 :  
8.0 pg/g fresh weight (70.0 pg/g fat)2
Fat products from:  
Ruminants: 4.5 pg/g fat
Poultry and farmed game: 4.0 pg/g fat
Pigs: 1.5 pg/g fat
Marine oils: 10.0 pg/g fat
  1. 1except eel. 2assuming a fish fillet containing 12% fat like farmed Atlantic salmon.
  2. Note that the maximum limits of POPs in ruminants, poultry and farmed game, and pigs are similar in the “Meat and meat products from” compared with “Fat products from”. In contrast, “Muscle meat of fish and fishery products” could contain up to 70 pg WHO 1998 TEQ/g fat, which is around seven times higher the maximum limit set in “Fat products from marine oils” (10 pg WHO 1998 TEQ/g fat). Adapted from [93].