The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2013 make enforcement measures provision for European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006, setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs and prescribes the methods to be used for sampling and analysis for enforcement purposes. There are similar Regulations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Copies of the EU Regulations, and those of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are available from the Food Standards Agency.
Regulation (EC) No. 776/2006 nominates the State Institute for Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food - Freiburg, Germany as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for Dioxins and PCBs in Feed and Food
for importing food
Food which is intended for human consumption must meet the general food safety requirements of European Union (EU) law. Under Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 these requirements are that food must not be unsafe, i.e.:
DG Health and Consumers ensures that food and consumer goods sold in the EU are safe, that the EU's internal market works for the benefit of consumers and that Europe helps protect and improve its citizens' health. Work is in collaboration with other EU Institutions, national governments and agencies, consumer organisations, health interest groups, business groups, scientists, researchers and experts.
DG Health and Consumers Food Contaminants - Dioxins and PCBs has information summarising Dioxins and PCBs EU Legislation for food and feed.
Guidelines for the Enforcement of Provisions on Dioxins in the Event Non-Compliance with the Maximum Levels for Dioxins in Food have been produced by DG Health and Consumers (DG SANCO).