Last updated: July 2021
The 26th ATDS investigated levels of compounds classified as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) by the Stockholm Convention in a broad range of foods and beverages. The POPs investigated were:
- Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) (hereafter referred to as 'dioxins')
‐ polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs)
‐ polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs)
‐ dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs)
- Non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (NDL-PCBs).
A total of 33 different foods and beverages were sampled from all Australian states and territories over 2 sampling periods (April 2017 and February 2018).
The levels of dioxins and NDL-PCBs in the Australian food supply were generally lower than those reported internationally and in an earlier 2004 Australian study by FSANZ.
Dietary exposure to dioxins and NDL-PCBs for the general Australian population is acceptably low and there are no food safety concerns for consumers.
The 26th ATDS confirms the safety of the Australian food supply in relation to levels of dioxins and NDL-PCBs.
We are of the view that current risk management measures, which include maximum levels in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, where appropriate, are effective in ensuring that dioxin and NDL-PCB levels remain as low as reasonably achievable.
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For the first time ever, FSANZ is making all of the analytical, dietary exposure, and associated data available in downloadable Excel files.
Appendix 1: Overview of 26th ATDS samples, including Food sampling, Food preparation instructions and Food mapping to total diet
| SamplingExcel [43KB] | Food preparation PDF [392KB] | Food mapping PDF [137KB] |
Appendix 2: Compounds analysed, WHO derived toxic equivalency factors (TEFs), and analytical methodology
Appendix 3: Prevalence and concentration of dioxins and NDL-PCBs
Appendix 4: Individual sample analytical results and mean concentrations for total dioxins (PCDD/Fs + DL-PCBs)
Appendix 5: Individual sample analytical results and mean concentrations for total non-dioxin-like PCBs (NDL-PCBs)
Appendix 6: Comparison of concentrations of total dioxins (PCDD/Fs + DL-PCBs) in foods analysed in the 2004 FSANZ Dioxins in food study and the 26th ATDS
Appendix 7: Detailed dietary exposure results
Excel files are licensed by FSANZ under a licence based on a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia licence.
Dioxins in food: Dietary exposure assessment and risk characterisation (FSANZ, 2004)