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SGS Informs on EU Regulation Laying Down New Methods for Sampling and Analysis of PCBs and Dioxins in Food

On 2 June 2014, Commission Regulation (EU) No. 589/2014 was implemented, laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs. This new regulation replaces the Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/2012.

Antwerp, Belgium, July 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Analysis of PCBs and Dioxins in Food

The Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/20122 described in detail the methods for sampling and methods of analysis for the official control of dioxins, dioxin-like and non-dioxin-like PCB’s in certain foodstuffs. It allowed screening methods of analysis with widely acceptable validation and high throughput to be used to identify samples with significant levels of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs (preferably selecting samples exceeding action levels and ensuring the selection of samples exceeding maximum levels). The only limitation was that the levels of PCDD/Fs and dioxin-like PCBs in these samples needed to be determined by a confirmatory method of analysis such as High Resolution gas chromatography coupled to high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS).

Sampling Methods and Dioxin Analysis

This regulation has now been withdrawn and replaced by the Regulation (EU) No. 589/20141 whereby in addition to the gas chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS), due to technical progress and developments, also gas chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) can be used as a confirmatory method for checking compliance with the maximum level (ML). Regulation (EU) No 252/2012 has therefore been replaced by the new Regulation No. 589/2014 which allows for the use of GC-MS/MS as an appropriate confirmatory method for checking compliance with the maximum level.

The ML for certain contaminants in foodstuffs are set out in the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/20063 of 19 December 2006.

References:

- Commission Regulation (EU) No. 589/2014 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=OJ:JOL_2014_164_R_0006&from=EN)
- Commission Regulation (EU) No. 252/2012 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32012R0252&qid=1402916009791&from=EN)
- Regulation (EU) No 252/2012 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:02006R1881-20140401&qid=1402915906231&from=EN)

About SGS Food Safety Services

SGS is committed to keeping readers informed of regulatory news and developments. Leveraging a global network of laboratories and food experts, SGS provides a comprehensive range of food safety and quality solutions including food contaminant testing (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Food/Primary-Production/Testing-and-Analytical-Services/Food-Contaminant-Testing.aspx), audits, certifications, inspections and technical support. SGS continually invests in world class testing capabilities and state-of-the-art technology to help reduce risks, and improve food safety and quality.

For further information please contact an SGS expert.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.
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