dioxins


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dioxins

Contaminant byproducts of the manufacture of chlorinated phenols used in herbicides, wood preservatives, dyes and other products. Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause cancer and fetal malformations. See also AGENT ORANGE.
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These farms have not been able sell their eggs for over a week as a result of the dioxin discovery.
In light of public concern over the safety of food, particularly as a result of the Irish pork contamination, government agencies and food processors are selecting instruments that can accurately identify and contain the spread of dioxins in the global food supply.
Thermo Fisher Scientific announces that their DFS High Resolution GC/MS (HRGC/ HRMS system) achieves these lower detection levels of detection required for dioxins.
The only way of safeguarding public health would be for the facility to use continuous sampling of dioxins.
pyrenoidosa promotes the excretion of lipophilic contaminants such as dioxins.
Once again, rigorous comparison with other technologies by a potential client shows XDS CALUX(R) as a superior dioxin detection tool.
Trash incineration, fuel combustion, forests fires and cigarettes all create dioxins at different levels.
But she has concluded that the hens pick up dioxins from the soil and the high dioxin levels are linked to previous industrial uses, industrial emissions and bonfires.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is currently investigating the effects of dioxins in US food for a report due to be completed in spring 2003.
The dioxin crisis had implications for public health on more levels than the direct health effects of dioxin (17).
EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne contends that "Only very few countries in the world have yet set legally binding levels for dioxins in food.
Dioxins, a family of 210 compounds of which 17 are considered toxic and virtually nonbiodegradable, pose an environmental hazard that may be watched even more closely with the advent of technology being developed by Agricultural Research Service scientists.