2021 - Monitoring dioxins, PCBs, flame retardants and PFAS in agricultural and fishery products in 2021

Leeuwen, Stefan van; Leenders, Liz; Hoogenboom, Ron; Nijrolder, Antoine


On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) analyses samples of agricultural products of animal origin for dioxins, PCBs, brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs). This includes meat, milk, eggs and fish. The samples are taken at the primary production or processing stage (e.g. in slaughterhouses or raw milk collection services). For dioxin-like compounds, 350 samples are screened first with the DR CALUX® method. Samples giving a signal indicating a level above the lowest action level are regarded as suspected. These samples are further examined using GC/HRMS as confirmatory method. Concerning fish, shellfish and crustaceans, approx. 25 samples are collected at sea by research vessels, at the fish auction, or from whole-sale traders (farmed fish).