Dioxins, Furans and PCBs


NIH. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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

Research Publications from Peer-Reviewed Journals: Dioxins

USDA. ARS. Food Safety Research Information Office.

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.

AGRICOLA Journal Article Citations on Dioxins, Furans, and PCBs

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

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

Production & Inspection: Dioxin Related Activities

USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.

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

Dioxin Analysis Results/Exposure Estimates

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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.

Questions and Answers on the Occurrence of Furan in Food

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

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

An Updated Exposure Assessment for Furan from the Consumption of Adult and Baby Foods

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Identifying the level of furan consumed from adult and baby food products is the purpose of the contents and presentation exhibited by this publication. Topics focus on the exposure model, foods containing furan and furan levels and exposure.

Dioxins and Their Effects on Human Health

World Health Organization.

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.

Green Facts: Dioxins and Furans (PDF | 196.65 KB)

Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

Discusses the toxicity of dioxin compounds, its production process and its effects on animals and humans. Reviews the tolerable level of exposure to the compound as well as the methods that are utilized to reduce dioxin and furan exposure.

It's Your Health-Dioxins and Furans

Canadian Ministry of Health. Health Canada's Management of Toxic Substances Division.

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.

Questions and Answers about Dioxins

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Provides general, background information about dioxins. Presents questions and answers under four sections listed as general information about dioxins, overview of the EPA's 2003 Draft Dioxin reassessment and status, food safety and risk assessment question and answers.

Compilation of EU Dioxin Exposure and Health Data

European Commission. Environment Directorate General.

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.

Dioxin In Depth

The Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council.

Defines dioxin and identifies the issues surrounding exposure to the contaminant. Also contains information on the regulation and voluntary efforts to reduce dioxin exposure to the environment.

Dioxin and Related Compounds

EPA. National Center for Environmental Assessment

Identifies the history of studies conducted on dioxin and links to other resources that concentrate on the reanalysis of dioxin toxicity.