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Food Surveillance Information Sheet

Food Surveillance Information Sheet Number 123

Table 1: Concentrations of dioxins and PCBs in samples of milk taken from individual farms close to industrial sites in 1996
Plant and location Plant type Number of farms Concentrations (ng TEQ/kg milk fat)
      Dioxins PCBs Dioxins & PCBs**
Lea Ronal (UK) PLC,
Buxton, Derbyshire
Precious metals refiner 5 1.4-2.1 1.7-2.4 3.1-4.5
HJ Enthoven and Sons,
Matlock, Derbyshire
Secondary metal refiners 3 1.3-3.6 2.5-5.4 3.8-9.0
Calder Industrial Materials Ltd,
Secondary metal refiners 1 1.1 1.2 2.3
Vine Street Incinerator Plant,
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Municipal waste incinerator 12 1.9-8.6 1.3-3.5 3.4-12.1
British Steel Engineering Steels,*
Steel works 2 2.2, 8.1 3.1, 8.0 5.2, 16.1
Britannia Recycling Ltd,
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Secondary metal refiners 1 1.7 2.3 4.0
Recycling facility,
Milton Keynes, Bucks
Recycling plant 2 0.81, 1.4 1.5, 1.7 2.3, 3.1

Notes: A number of industrial processes will operate in these areas and it is not possible, from the results of this survey, to determine the relative contributions of any of the above sites to the levels of dioxins and PCBs found in the milk from the farms sampled.

* - British Steel Engineering Steels, which is some distance from the farm concerned, is identified because it was used as the centre for the sampling area and is the major steel works in the area.

** - The ranges for combined dioxins and PCBs are not equal to the sum of the ranges for dioxins and PCBs individually because the highest values were not always found in the same samples; they were calculated before rounding.

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