ATTENTION NEW PLACE Evira organises a seminar 27.5.2011: New information on the concentrations of environmental pollutants in various fish species

9.5.2011

<p>The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira’s Risk Assessment Research Unit, together with the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), have completed research providing new information on the concentrations of environmental pollutants in various Baltic fish species as well as in domestic lake fish and farmed fish. The project was implemented in 2009-2011.</p>

The EU Fish II Project (2009-2011) has produced new information on the concentrations of dioxins and PCB compounds, flame retardants (PBDEs), hydrophobic-lipophobic surface finishing agents (PFCs) and organic tin compounds (OTCs) used in antifouling paints in various Baltic Sea fish species. A similar study of dioxins and PCB and PBDE compounds was previously carried out in 2002.

The new research project has provided information on the changes in the concentrations of environmental pollutants in various fish species in sea and inland lake areas.

New research data was needed to support the continuance of the derogation for the maximum levels of dioxins and PCBs in fish after 2011, set by the EU. The European Union also requires information to be targeted at consumers, and exposure calculations of these hazardous substances as a consequence of consuming fish. These matters fall within Evira’s field of authority.

Research results can also be utilised in risk management duties by various administrative sectors, for instance in implementing the Baltic Sea Strategy, environmental monitoring and impact assessments and in support of decisions to impose restrictions on hazardous substances.

As a result of the research project, the environmental authorities of polluted areas should propose measures to protect the environment from chemical burden.

Evira provides more detailed information on the dietary advice on fish consumption of various fish species.

Read also fish intake recommendations  Varying species of Varying species of fish twice a week 

Seminar on the project will be held on 27 May 2011 from 10am to 12.30pm, in Marina Congress Center, Hall Fennia 1, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki.  Marina Congress Center 

Register no later than 20 May 2011 via this form.

Programme of the seminar (pdf, 13 kb).

The research report:
Description in English Environmental pollutants in Baltic fish and domestic lake fish: PCDD/F-, PCB-, PBDE-, PFC- and OT compounds.

For more information, please contact:
Research Professor Anja Hallikainen, Risk Assessment Research Unit, tel. +358 50 386 8433, anja.hallikainen at-merkki.gif : 1Kb evira.fi

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