The concentration of unwanted substances in Icelandic seafood is well below the EU maximum limit

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The aim of the project is to demonstrate the status of Icelandic seafood in terms of safety and wholesomeness, and to use the data in the preparation of food risk assessments to ensure the interests of consumers and public health.

The project builds a knowledge base on the amount of undesirable substances in economically important species and marine products, it is defined as a long-term project where expansion and revision are constantly necessary.

This report summarizes results obtained in 2022 and is generally consistent with previous results obtained in the monitoring years 2003 to 2012 and 2017 to 2021.

All seafood samples analyzed in 2022 contained dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs (DL-PCBs) and non-dioxin-like PCBs (NDL-PCBs) below the maximum levels according to EU regulations. The results also revealed that the concentration of heavy metals, eg cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) in the edible part of seafood was well below the maximum limit set by the EU.

The full report is available here.