Dioxins, Furans and PCBs

Dioxins, furans, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) are toxic chemicals that are persistent in the environment and can end up in the food chain.

Food Safety Research Information Office (National Agricultural Library [United States Department of Agriculture]).

Research publications on Dioxins from peer-reviewed journals. Some publications may be early view or ahead of print. Citations and abstracts are available to all users while full-text availability depends on institutional access levels.

Books and Materials on Dioxins, Furans and PCBs in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

National Agricultural Library (United States Department of Agriculture).

Searchable database for resources available to persons interested in information on Dioxins, Furans and PCBs.

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (National Institute of Health [United States Department of Health and Human Services]).

Reviews the chemical composition and health issues associated with dioxins. Provides further resources that describe how this agency is addressing the issue.

Health Canada.

Toxic chemicals, known as dioxins and furans, can be found in the environment and in some food. The health effects of dioxins and furans, dietary exposure to dioxins and furans, minimizing your risk and the government of Canada's role are topics discussed.

DG Environment (European Commission); Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions (United Kingdom).

Addresses concerns of possible adverse health effects caused by exposure to trace levels of organic pollutants. Reports data of evironmental and human dioxin exposure levels assessed through different tasks.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (Food and Drug Administration [United States Department of Health and Human Services]).

Furan is a chemical contaminant that forms in some foods during traditional heat treatment techniques, such as cooking, jarring, and canning. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a method for quantitative furan measurements, surveyed furan levels in food, and conducted toxicology studies of furan in rodents.

Food Safety Inspection Service (United States Department of Agriculture).

Lists dioxin resources such as data collection and reports, general and scientific information and guidance documents about dioxin in livestock, poultry, and eggs.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (Food and Drug Administration [United States Department of Health and Human Services]).

Analyzes the exposure levels of dioxin and estimates the exposure levels of these contaminants that can lead to adverse health effects. Foods collected were assessed under total diet study and non-total diet study.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (Food and Drug Administration [United States Department of Health and Human Services]).

Presents questions and answers that provide general, background information about furans.

World Health Organization (United Nations).

Identifies key facts about dioxins including the sources of dioxin contamination and incidents, its effect on human health and the prevention and control of dioxin exposure. Also answers questions on what consumers should do to reduce their risk of exposure and the methods behind identifying and measuring dioxins in the environment and in food.