Contamination of chicken eggs near the Bolshoi Trostenec dumps site in Belarus

Foundation for the Realization of Ideas (FRI)

FRI sampled eggs from chickens raised near the Bolshoi Trostenec dumpsite as part of IPEP's global egg sampling project for unintentionally produced POPs. PCBs levels expressed in WHO-TEQs exceeded background levels by more than 10-fold and were four times higher than the proposed European Union (EU) limit for eggs. Levels of dioxins exceeded EU regulatory limits for eggs by almost 1 pg WHO-TEQ/g. The study produced the first data about POPs in chicken eggs in Belarus. Extensive media outreach accompanied the release of the results.


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