§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will place the food surveillance results and information on the advisory level of intake for dioxins that were presented to the Toronto dioxins symposium in 1989 in the Library.
§ Mr. Gummer
The paper in question gave an overview of the Ministry's programme of work on dioxins in food and included interim results of a survey of levels in fish and milk. These were all below the Department of Health's guideline levels for intake of this substance through the diet.
A full account of this, and the work currently in progress, will be published as a food surveillance paper towards the end of 1991. In the meantime I am placing a copy of the symposium paper in the Library, as requested.
A more detailed consideration of the presence of dioxins in the environment, including food, may be found in pollution paper 27 "Dioxins in the Environment" published by the Department of the Environment last year.