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LGC Standards provides reference materials to support dioxin testing of eggs from Germany

Date:25 January 2011

Recent scares relating to dioxin contamination of food and feed products have drawn attention to the need for sufficient testing procedures to ensure food safety.

Eggs, pork and poultry products contaminated with dioxins were potentially distributed worldwide from Germany after several thousand tonnes of contaminated fatty acids intended only for industrial use was discovered in feed for chickens and pigs.

German and European regulatory authorities have said that the levels of dioxin present in food are not dangerous to human health.

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are chemicals that can also get into our food from the environment. Long term exposure can cause cancer, or damage to the immune and reproductive systems. Laboratories testing products for the presence of dioxins and other contaminants require reference standards and materials to ensure the accuracy of results, and the validity of their testing methods.

LGC Standards has a comprehensive range of reference materials for the analysis of dioxins, PCBs and related environmental contaminants, to assist testing laboratories. The range has been recently complemented by the addition of dioxin and dioxin-like reference samples from BioDetection Systems (BDS).

BDS DR CALUX® certified reference materials are designed for analysis of food and feed, and are the only reference materials with values around the current EU limits measured by bioassays.

This food safety scandal follows the last dioxin scare in Europe in 2008, when unacceptable levels of the contaminant were found in mozzarella cheese produced in Italy.

For further information or to place an order for the BDS DR CALUX® certified reference materials, or any of LGC Standards environmental contaminants range, please contact us at: askus@lgcstandards.com

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About LGC Standards
LGC Standards (www.lgcstandards.com) provides products and services to improve measurement and quality control within the laboratory, and is part of LGC, whose Science & Technology Division acts as the UK National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurements. LGC Standards supplies over 100,000 products, including reference materials, pharmaceutical impurity reference standards, biological standards and reagents, as well as proficiency testing and training in analytical quality. LGC Standards is headquartered in Teddington, Middlesex, UK. Its global centre for excellence in proficiency testing is located in Bury (Greater Manchester). LGC Standards has offices in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, China, Russia, United Arab Emirates and the UK, a joint venture presence in India, and representatives in Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.

About LGC
LGC (www.lgc.co.uk) is an international science-based company and market leader in analytical, forensic and diagnostic services and reference standards. A progressive and innovative enterprise, LGC operates in socially responsible fields underpinning the safety, health and security of the public and the regulation of industry, for UK government departments and blue chip clients.

LGC operates internationally through four divisions - LGC Forensics, LGC Genomics, LGC Standards and LGC Science & Technology, which includes specialist laboratories delivering contracts for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and supporting LGC's designated role as the UK's National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement.
Our operations are extensively accredited to international quality standards such as ISO 17025. With headquarters in Teddington, South West London, the LGC Group employs 1,400 staff in 27 laboratories and centres across Europe and at sites in India and China. Privatised in 1996 and now majority-owned by funds managed by Bridgepoint, LGC was founded almost 170 years ago as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist - a statutory function maintained by LGC today.

About BioDetection Systems
BioDetection Systems B.V. is a Dutch company located in the Science Park in Amsterdam providing biological detection systems for the determination of very low levels of high toxicity materials. Linked to the prestigious Vrije Universiteit, we are able to draw on a full range of specialist technical resources. As recognised experts in the area of toxicology and exposure to highly potent materials, BDS personnel have extensive experience of providing high quality biological and analytical solutions to complex problems, including those needing innovation and novel approaches.

Key sectors currently using BDS? resources include the following:
? Food and feed
? Industrial / manufacturing
? Pharmaceuticals
? Regulatory
? Property
and other diverse sectors.

As a unique resource, we operate globally. With clients distributed worldwide, we are able to bring our technologies directly to you. For other advantages of BDS? CALUX® bioassays system in comparison to other methods, visit our website at www.bds.nl

For further information contact:
Amanda Russell
Marketing Manager
LGC Standards
Queens Road
TW11 0LY
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 7412
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 7009
Email: amanda.russell@lgcstandards.com

Gavin Dallas
Press & Communications Officer
Queens Road
TW11 0LY
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 8491
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 2767
Email: gavin.dallas@lgc.co.uk



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