In June 1999, the dioxin
crisis, caused by dioxin
-contaminated feed components, exploded in Belgium, resulting in withdrawal of chicken and eggs from the market.
Following hard on the heels of a similar decision regarding animal feed, the EU last week adopted a regulation setting legal limits on the presence of dioxin
and other contaminants in food.
The treaty still calls for a dioxin
phaseout, for example, but only "wherever feasible"--a loophole corporate lawyers can exploit for years to come.
By genetically engineering mammalian cells to produce luciferase, the enzyme responsible for firefly light, Xenobiotic Detection Systems (XDS) has developed a test to detect the presence of dioxin
in the environment.
Eating ''koyadofu,'' a freeze-dried bean curd popularly known as the local dish of Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan, can prevent 80% of ingested dioxin
from accumulating in the liver and aids in the removal of dioxin
from the body, Japanese researchers said Thursday.
Water, however, is not a major source of dioxin
exposure for humans.
has announced that its patented CerOx technology has treated hazardous dioxin
wastes in a commercial system transforming the dioxins
into carbon dioxide, water and neutralized chlorine.
Because of their rapid growth and development, fetuses, infants, and children may be more sensitive to dioxin
exposure than other groups.
Ninety percent of the dioxin
that enters our bodies comes from meat, cheese, milk, butter, and other foods that contain animal fat.
The highest concentration of dioxins
was detected in the fat of dolphins, recording a maximum of 691 picograms per gram when the amount was converted into the most toxic dioxin
and 232 picograms on average, according to the report.
For anyone interested in the possible health effects of Agent Orange and dioxin
, it makes sense to examine the men with the highest exposures.
This mysterious report, entitled "Exposure and Human Health Reassessment of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenso-p-Dioxin
(TCDD) and Related Compounds," is a draft version of what could be the final result of EPA's "scientific reassessment" of dioxin
that has been underway since 1991 and it cannot be finalized until an extensive peer review process has been completed.