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July 1, 2003

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A federal interagency group should develop and implement an integrated risk-management strategy and action plan to reduce human exposure to dioxins in foods, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Government officials should collaborate with the private sector to identify and pursue voluntary interventions to further minimize levels of these toxic compounds in human foods and animal feeds. However, the health risks posed by the levels of dioxins in foods have yet to be ascertained, so the report does not recommend regulatory limits on dioxins or dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) in food or feed.

Michael Taylor, J.D., Senior Fellow and Director, Risk, Resource, and Environmental Management Division, Resources for the Future and Member, Committee on the Implications of Dioxin in the Food Supply.