New rules to limit the amount of dioxin that may be present in food are being introduced by the European Commission. The new regulations follow the recent contamination of dairy and meat products in Belgium resulting from inadequate controls in animal feedingstuffs processing plants. The new regulation sets out maximum limits ­ beyond which the product would be condemned ­ and also lower non-binding target limits, thought to be the levels necessary for cutting down human exposure to within recommended weekly intake rates. Target levels in food and feed would set the ultimate goal of achieving human exposure below the weekly intake of 14pg/dioxins. {{M/E CANNED GOODS }}