Foods and Feeds Micro-Pollutants

Food and Feedstuff materials can contain pollutants that are either naturally-occurring environmental contaminants that are present at low levels, particularly vegetable crops drawing nutrients directly from the soil, or are process contaminants that may be introduced either during or as a consequence of its treatment, carriage, manufacture and storage.

Food and Feedstuffs that contain contaminant levels above the relevant Maximum Permitted Levels (MPL) are deemed to be unsafe and must be withdrawn and disposed of outside the food and feed chains, for example by sending it for alternative uses, for destruction, or returning it to the country of dispatch.

The ‘blending down’ of food and feedstuff materials with levels of contamination above the MPL, mixing them with uncontaminated materials in order to reduce the overall level of contamination to below the MPL has been prohibited since 2003.

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