How much do you know about dioxins? Dioxins are toxic compounds that persist in the environment all around us. They exist in the air, the soil, rivers, lakes and even in the human food supply. They differ from other food contaminants in their unique chemical structure, which allows them to remain very resistant to breakdown. Throughout the past couple of decades, researchers have only begun to scratch the surface in gaining a thorough understanding of these molecules and their impact on the health of our society.

So what are the important characteristics of these harmful compounds? What should businesses along the food supply chain understand about dioxins to ensure safe ingredients and food products for consumers? And what actions are global health organizations and regulators taking to develop the best possible guidance for the food industry in dioxin monitoring? For answers, tune into our latest vlog below, “5 Fun Facts About Dioxins” to learn the basics of the class of destructive compounds that both food corporations and consumers alike should understand.

Are you confident in the safety of your product? Mérieux NutriSciences’ John H. Silliker Solutions Center in Crete, IL proudly offers dioxin, furan, and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) analytical testing. The Crete laboratory is one of the first food-focused dioxin testing centers in North America, and it is designed to meet rigorous ISO 17025 standards.  Mérieux NutriSciences can aid food processors, retailers and ingredient manufacturers in monitoring these toxic compounds in their products. Contact us to start testing!

Meet the Author

Nick Price
Associate Product Manager, Chemistry, Mérieux NutriSciences

Nick Price is the Associate Product Manager for Chemistry at MerieuxNutriSciences. His current focus is on the development of analytical offerings in areas of nutrition, pet food, contaminants, and others. Nick received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Food Science. In his free time he enjoys playing golf, spending time with his two dogs, and volunteering on behalf of Autism Speaks.

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