Why is it important?

Dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) are persistent environmental pollutants that can enter the food chain at different stages. They result from contamination of the environment through aerial transportation and the deposit of emissions from various sources: waste incineration, production of chemicals, pesticides, steel, paints, traffic, …

They are highly persistent in nature and accumulate in the food chain, mainly in the fatty tissue of animals. They are not produced intentionally or deliberately but are formed as a by-product of chemical processes.

Over time, these toxic substances can have harmful effects on human health and can cause kidney and liver cancers. 80% of human exposure is through food. Contamination can vary widely depending on the origin of the foodstuff. Meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish are known to have the highest contamination rates.

How Upscience can help you?

Upscience offers their customers simultaneous measurement according to the EPA 1613B 1994 standard of dioxins, dioxin-like compounds and PCBs under accreditation.