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Fish and fish oils responsible for 60%
of the dioxins and PCBs in our body.

A toxic (POP) study carried in 2002 out for the European Commission with the aim of taking action to prevent humans being polluted by dioxin and PCBs came to the following conclusions: 1. PCBs or their toxic equivalent (TEQ) are very harmful for human beings, even in very small quantities. Even a millionth and billionth of a gram!!! 2.The world heath organisation recommends maximum 1 to 4 picograms of dioxin per kilo of body weight per day as a safe toxic limit. Europe advises maximum 1 picogram dioxin per kilo of body weight per day. 3. The simplest way to counter the pollution by PCBs or their toxic equivalent in our body is to be careful of what we eat as 90 of these substances are absorbed by the human body through food. 4. Fish, fish products and fish oils are responsible for more than 60% of the PCB or their toxic equivalent (TEQ) eaten by Europeans. Even though fish and fish products account for just 2.5% of total food consumed and for just 1% of the total fat consumed by average Europeans. Meat, meat products and dairy food account for 30% of human intake of dioxins and their toxic equivalent.

According to Foodwatch the safe limit for dioxins and PCBs is exceeded. On average Europeans consume 1 to 2 picograms per kilo of body weight. 1 thousand billionth of a gram = 1 picogram. This indicates how poisonous dioxins or their toxic equivalent actually are.