Finnish people's intake of dioxin and PCBs

  • TDI for dioxin and dioxin-like PCB compounds is 2 pg TEQ per kilogram of body weight.
  • In Finland, adults' assessed average daily intake of dioxin and dioxin-like PCB compounds is 1.9 pg TEQ per kg of body weight, i.e. near the TDI value.
  • According to the most recent studies, the intake of 3-year old children may exceed tolerable intake. Growing children consume the most food per one kilogram of body weight at this age, which means the intake per kg of body weight is also at its highest.
  • EFSA has further assessed that people's daily intake of non-dioxin-like PCB compounds is in Europe in the range of 4.3 – 25.7 ng per kg of body weight


pg = picogram
ng = nanogram
TDI = Tolerable Daily Intake
TEQ = toxic equivalent, i.e. quantity of the most toxic dioxin derivative with equivalent toxicity (WHO 2005); it indicates the total toxicity of dioxins and dioxin-like PCB compounds

Distribution of intake of dioxin and dioxin-like compounds in 2005

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Intake of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs from food

 

Food group


Daily intake of dioxins, pg WHO-TEQ

 

Daily intake of dioxin-like PCBs, pg WHO-TEQ


Daily intake, total, pg WHO-TEQ

 

Milk and milk products

3,00

1,73

4,73

Eggs

1,33

1,15

2,48

 

Fish, total


44,18

53,79

97,96

 

Meat and meat products


3,86

2,52

6,38

 

Vegetable oils


0,87

0,19

1,06

Other

0,37

0,72

1,08

 

Total

53,61

60,10

113,70