PBDE, HBCDD Guidance document on brominated contaminants with Annex A (PBDE) and Annex B (HBCDD) now available!

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The guidance in this document is intended for laboratories involved in the official control of contaminants in food and feed and focuses on the determination of these substances in the laboratory. It is intended as general guidance for laboratories and particularly for those that do not have existing analytical methods. It provides guidance on the essential analytical parameters to be used for organobromine contaminant analysis in food and feed and contributes to further harmonization in this field as part of the EURL’s official mandate and scope of work.
Guidance document on brominated contaminants with Annex A (PBDE) and Annex B (HBCDD) now available!
Guidance on the Determination of Organobromine Contaminants

The recommendations contained within this guidance document apply to the different groups of organobromine contaminants, in particular to PBDEs and HBCDDs (although others are likely to be progressively included), in food and animal feed matrices.
The recommendations are designed to allow the monitoring of organobromine contaminant concentrations in food and animal feed as part of studies on:

  • the establishment of current levels of these contaminants
  • the establishment or maintenance of databases that may be used to recommend action levels and /or maximum levels
  • the exposure assessment of populations through dietary intake and assessment of risk

Other purposes could include studies on time trends and patterns in order to identify the source(s) of possible contamination particularly during incidents involving such contamination. Please note: All recommendations given in this document should be considered as "Guidance for reliable analyses”. There are currently no regulations for the control of organobromine contaminants such as Polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), Hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs), etc. in food and animal feed within the EU.