Dioxins - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Last Updated on Apr 01, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the permissible limits for dioxin intake?

The World Health Organization recommends a maximum of 1-4 pg/kg body weight/day of TCDD. This recommendation is based on the effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on the reproductive, developmental and endocrine systems.

2. Which industries release dioxin into the environment?

A number of industrial processes like smelting, bleaching of paper pulp and the manufacturing of some herbicides and pesticides are associated with the production of dioxins.

3. How can dioxin contamination be controlled?

Dioxin contamination can be controlled by strict regulation of industrial and other processes producing dioxin. A regular check for dioxin in food supplies should be carried out especially at times of suspected dioxin exposure.

4. Is dioxin contamination more common in non-vegetarians?

Dioxin tends to accumulate in the food chain as one goes higher. Thus, people living on a vegan diet are exposed to low levels of dioxins, vegetarians to higher levels and non-vegetarians to even higher levels.

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