For decades we have been aware of the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food stuffs, and legislation has changed the regulatory limits regarding the levels of PAHs several times, in order to keep up with the constant stream of evidence about how they affect us and the environment, what levels are safe and where levels might get too high.
PAHs are polycyclic, aromatic hydrocarbons (containing only carbon and hydrogen), found naturally in some instances, including in some foods, but also produced by incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels like petroleum or wood. They are of interest to you and me because of their potentially adverse effects on consumers' health; as these compounds are classed as carcinogens and potentially can cause breathing problems in humans. Limits for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have been introduced for banana chips, dried herbs and spices and certain types of supplement. These are set out in Commission Regulation 2015/1933 and came into force on 1 April 2016 (limits do not apply to products placed on the market before this date). The limits for spices do not apply to smoked dried capsicum species.
PAH limits for supplements had been under discussion since 2006, when the first PAH limits in food were introduced, because high levels had already been reported in some products, mainly botanical and algal. Dried herbs and spices were later included for consideration as there is some product overlap with supplements. In most cases, poor drying practices are thought to be the reason for PAH contamination, although other sources are not ruled out.
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