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       The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) runs in cooperation with the Federal Institute for
       Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection
       and Food Safety (BVL) the Federation/Länder Dioxin Database.
       The WebService: www.dioxindb.de was developed with
       the partner Bavarian State Ministry of the
       Environment and Public Health (StMUG).

News

Bund und Länder
 
 28.09.2018 Dioxins, Furans and PCBs: Permanently stable - not always an advantage - 20 years of biomonitoring in Bavariauba

Dioxins, furans and PCBs are hard-to-decompose organic pollutants that accumulate in the environment and reach the animal and human beings through the food chain. To assess the accumulation of these substances from the air, the bioindicators spruce needles, grass and kale are used. This can be used to estimate harmful effects on our ecosystem and on plant-based foods and foods. The long-term series of measurements show a general decrease of the values ??in the observed period at all locations in Bavaria. Today, however, PCB inputs have settled at a low but steady level.


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Publication
 
 20.08.2018 Association of Maternal Insecticide Levels With Autism in Offspring From a National Birth Cohortuba

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder with a largely unknown etiology. To date, few studies have investigated prenatal exposure to toxins and risk of autism by using maternal biomarkers of exposure. Persistent organic pollutants are lipophilic halogenated organic compounds and include the insecticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), as well as its metabolite p,p'-dichlorodiphenyl dichloroethylene (p,p'-DDE), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The objective of this study was to test whether elevated maternal levels of persistent organic pollutants are associated with autism among offspring.


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Film contribution of the SWR
 
 18.07.2018 The forgotten poison - How PCBs burden us alluba

PCB continues to burden people today. The "concerned" team goes in search of clues and asks why the toxin is a danger even thirty years after its prohibition  


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Press releases
 
 18.04.2018 Environmental and food contamination with polychlorinated biphenyls and selected POPsuba

The paper deals with the sources and pathways of environmental and livestock/food con­tamination by polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/F) and poly­chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as well as selected substitutes to PCBs. The main PCDD/F and PCB exposure sources in the environment including sinks and reservoirs are named. Current perceptions on causal relationships between the basic load of environmental compartments and (bio) magnification in the food chain are based on the results of research projects of the Federal Environment Agency over the last five years.  


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Press releases
 
 18.04.2018 Chemicals in consumer articles - App Scan4Chem simplifies information rightuba

Since entry into force of the EU chemicals regulation REACH consumers are entitled to request and receive information on so-called substances of very high concern in consumer articles directly from the suppliers. To this end they have to send a respective request to the manufacturer or retailer. The app Scan4Chem simplifies this request: after scanning the barcode of an article an automatically generated request can be sent to the barcode owner by click. The barcode owner has to answer to the request if substances of very high concern are contained in his article. The German Environment Agency recommends intensive use of the information right, because in so doing it is demonstrated to business and industry that substances of very high concern in consumer articles are not accepted by the public.  


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Press releases
 
 13.04.2018 Minister Jost: PCB pollution in Saar waters declines slightlyuba

"What we have done has never existed in this kind and extent. We now have detailed knowledge of the current PCB pollution in our waters in the Saarland, " stated Minister of the Environment Reinhold Jost. The announced two-year special measurement program at the mines and streams is completed, the raw data on the environmental toxin PCB, but also to the other pollution of the mine water discharges are summarized and evaluated.  


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Politics
 
 21.03.2018 Request from the left to PCB in public buildings uba

The issue of PCBs in public buildings is addressed by the Left in a Minor Inquiry (19/502). Among other things, she wants to know from the Federal Government how many federal buildings are under suspicion of PCBs and how many private buildings are affected. The issue of disposal of PCB is also addressed.  


Response of the Federal Government to this Small Question from the Left Party on Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Public Buildings
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Press releases
 
 12.02.2018 UBA: Data on pollution of the environment and fooduba

In its series "Data on the environment", the Federal Environment Agency publishes periodically reports on the environmental impact of dioxins and PCBs. Especially in soils and sediments of the waters, they accumulate and can enter the food chain through remobilization. Within the framework of the Federal Monitoring Plan (BÜP), maximum exceedances in foodstuffs are also evaluated. All current publications are now available under the following links: 


Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the environment

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food

Federation and federal countries
 
 31.01.2018 Saxony-Anhalt: Increased PCB and PCN values along the Ehle uba

In the Ehle and in the bottom of the bank dangerous chemical substances were found for humans. It was found that in the sediments of the Ehle and on the ground of the bank of the Ehle are the substances PCB and PCN. These chemicals were previously used in, for example, transformers, capacitors, hydraulic systems and wood preservatives. They are hazardous to health and therefore prohibited today. The State Institute for the Relief of Contaminated Sites in Saxony-Anhalt is taking first steps to limit the damage to the population.
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Information page with answers to the most frequently asked questions

Download: Presentation of the reviewers "Human Toxicological Assessment of PCB"

Press releases
 
 17.10.2017 National implementation plan of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Stockholm Conventionuba

With the National Implementation Plan Germany describes the measures, taken to implement the obligations of the Stockholm Convention. This includes both the legal bases at national and European level as well as the measures taken. These measures include the reduction or prevention of the release of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from intentional and unintentional production and from use, and from releases from stocks and waste. It also includes information, awareness raising and education, as well as research, development and monitoring. The National Implementation Plan is revised and updated at intervals of a few years.  
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Press releases
 
 23.08.2017 Evaluation of Monitoring Data for POPs - UBA Text publisheduba

Persistent organic substances, also called POPs, are ubiquitous in the environment. To identify stress situations in the environment as well as in the food sector, it is important to understand the causes and propagation pathways of these substances. The aim of the project is to develop a knowledge base for specific POPs and POP candidates, to research monitoring data and to describe the paths of propagation in detail. The project focuses on dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (dl-PCBs) and selected PCB substitutes. These include short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD).  
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Press releases
 
 08.03.2017 UBA veröffentlicht aktualisiertes Hintergrundpapieruba

The updated background paper of the Federal Environment Agency(UBA) informs in detail about the relationship between the exposure of the environment to animal food by dioxins and dl-PCB - from the generation to the transfer to the food chains up to the effects on humans.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 13.01.2017 Opinion on the protection of the waters from PCBs from minesuba

The Ministry of the Environment draws attention to today's publication of the final report of the report on the technical possibilities of above ground PCB elimination of pit water. The Ministry of the Environment has awarded this opinion to a consortium in June 2016. It is an addition to the "Opinion on the assessment of possible environmental impacts of the use of waste and residual materials for the filling of cavity cavities in coal mines in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Federation/Laender
 
 19.12.2016 1st Quarterly Report of the BVL to be published uba

The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) publishes the first quarterly report 2016 on the investigation activities on dioxins and PCBs in foodstuffs according to § 44a of the Food and Feed Code (LFGB).
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International
 
 01.11.2016 New Study on "Endocrine Disruptors" uba

American and Swedish scientists have attempted to assess the impact of these "endocrine disrupters" on new type 2 diabetes for Europe. Diabetes and obesity could also be caused or favored by environmental pollution. There are more and more indications, that artificial chemicals that accumulate in the environment interfere with the production and regulation of the hormones of the human body. The study included more than 1000 70-75-year-olds from Uppsala, who measured exposure to plasticizers, pesticides (DDE), PCB 153 and perfluoro chemicals by means of blood samples. These occur in products such as textiles or cartons and transform into perfluorooctanoic acids in the body. The scientists tried to estimate how a disease can be reduced by eliminating the risk factor "endocrine disruptors" / chemicals. According to this study, fewer emollients, pesticides, PCBs and perfluorochemicals would prevent many diseases and reduce costs by billions annually across Europe.
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International
 
 21.09.2016 PCB in the Elbe - new report on trendsuba

A report prepared by the Hamburg Authority for Environment and Energy deals with the production, use and legal regulation of polychlorinated biphenyls in the Elbe catchment area. In addition, their spatial distribution as well as their temporal development are discussed in detail, as well as important pollution sources and types.


Download: "PCB in the Elbe - Properties, Occurrence and Trends as well as Causes and Consequences of Increased Exposition in 2015"

International
 
 14.07.2016 Bavarian Research Report on Accumulationuba

In the project "Investigations on the accumulation of various persistent pollutants in terrestrial wild animals", the Bavarian State Office for the Environment (LfU) conducted a research project on the load of Bavarian wild animals with various polybrominated flame retardants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polyfluorinated surfactants (PFT), polychlorinated dibenzo-p Dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD / F), various endocrine active substances and heavy metals. The present final report presents the results. Samples of livers and partial meat from different wild animals from five differently polluted forest areas in Bavaria were examined. For the substance groups PCB and PCDD / F elevated levels were found in the liver samples in all investigated species. In contrast, for most of the endocrine-active substances analyzed sample values ??were measured below the respective determination or detection limit. Comparatively low levels were also found in the liver samples for low-fluorinated flame retardants. The complete final report is available here.
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International
 
 23.06.2016 EU Commission: Fishery products from the Baltic Seauba

In certain fish and certain fishery products from the Baltic Sea, the levels are regularly above the maximum. In order to ensure that only fish and fishery products are placed on the market, which comply with EU legislation, a list of fish from the Baltic Sea area, where infringements are likely to occur, has been developed. This list is based on the available data and must be updated regularly. For fish and fishery products from the Baltic Sea region, which can not be guaranteed on the basis of available data on the presence of the substances in question, specific risk management measures have been established to ensure that only fish and fishery products complying with EU legislation are placed on the market. Accordingly, analytical methods and standards (fish size, number, etc.) have been adapted in the European Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/688 of 2 May 2016 on "Monitoring and control of the presence of dioxins and PCBs in fish and fishery products from the Baltic Sea Region".
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International
 
 20.05.2016 Context Environmental toxins and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)uba

In a recent study, persistent environmental pollutants have been shown to be potential risk factors for ALS. The study is based on blood samples from 156 ALS patients and a control group of 128 persons who were either questioned about their load situation or their exposure to persistent pollutants was measured. A key conclusion of this study is that plant protection products or other persistent environmental pollutants may be a modifiable ALS disease risk factor.
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Press releases
 
 19.05.2016 Environment Agency Austria (AUT) informs about pollutants in the Alpsuba

Since 2005, a team of international experts, headed by the Austrian Environmental Agency, has been researching the impact of remote alpine regions with persistent organic pollutants (the so-called POP), developing new methods all over the world. The results enable for the first time an analysis of regions of origin, seasonal differences and long-term trends.
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Press releases
 
 12.05.2016 Pesticides could increase the risk of diseaseuba

Occupational exposure to pesticides could increase the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in a case-control study in JAMA Neurology (2016; doi: 10.1001 / jamaneurol.2016.0594) Patients also found increased concentrations of certain pesticides in the blood.


Monarpop - dioxin and PCB measurements in air and deposition

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Press releases
 
 10.05.2016 New data on the impact of environmental media in the Alpsuba

In the international research project MONARPOP (Monitoring Network in the Alpine Region for Persistent Organic Pollutants), experts from the Austrian Environmental Agency and external scientists are investigating the occurrence of POPs in the Alps. The main focus of the investigations was on dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The results from the years 2005-2013 show that the long-lived, carcinogenic pollutants are transported over long distances in the air and the Alps serve as a barrier. The cold of high alpine areas ensures that the pollutants accumulate there and remain for a long time. Detailed information and further links can be found in the current CIPRA Newsletter "alpMedia" (page 7,8).  
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Press releases
 
 26.04.2016 Publication on mercury and POP-containing wasteuba

In order to meet the requirements of the Stockholm Convention on the Limitation of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the EU-POP Regulation, emissions to POPs (eg PCDD / F, PCB, PAH) are to be determined from waste management and crematoria. In this framework, the collection of the emission data is carried out both on the basis of literary researches as well as on emission measurements at practice facilities. The investigations are to be carried out on at least four waste incineration plants, sewage sludge incineration plants, waste wood incineration plants and crematoria with representative measurements.  
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Press releases
 
 26.01.2016 New studies on the effect of polychlorinated biphenyls on biotauba

In bird eggs, the pollution of the environment is reflected in fat-soluble pollutants as long as these substances are resistant to degradation in the organism and are therefore known to be persistent. In a series of new studies the effect of PCB on birds was investigated.

Latest publication "Warndienst Wanderfalke" of the LUBW
Contribution of Germany to the death of migratory birds
Publication: Pollutants in the peregrine falcon egg (Stockholm POPs list including methylmercury)

International
 
 28.10.2015 Study: Exposure of Aroclor 1254 in starlingsuba

In a recently published study, birds were exposed to endocrine disrupters during development to investigate their susceptibility to neurological and other physiological changes as well as the migration behavior. Among other things, the effects of ecologically relevant levels of Aroclor 1254, a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) mixture, were investigated.

Download: "Developmental Exposure to Aroclor 1254 Alters Migratory Behavior in Juvenile European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)"

International
 
 08.10.2015 Data management of the dioxin database distinguisheduba

At this year's Enviroinfo in Copenhagen, an annual conference on the topic of environmental IT, the Umweltbundesamt (German Federal Office for the Environment) took part with a publication on the data management of the dioxin database of the Federal Government and the federal countries. The Submission was awarded the Best Poster Award among 26 international competitors.

List of submissions
The German POP-DIOXIN-DATABASE - Data management of persistent organic substances in Germany

Press releases
 
 21.07.2015 Federal Environment Agency publication for analytical methods of the HORIZONTAL projectuba

Inorganic and organic chemicals are analyzed in various regulations by different standardized methods. This makes the monitoring work more difficult and also makes it unnecessarily expensive. For this reason, a so-called horizontal standardization is applied, in which suitable analysis methods can also be standardized across all matrices and can subsequently be cited throughout the EU. One of the UBA's research projects involved the standardization of the analysis of PCB and PCDD / F in the matrices of sewage sludge, treated biowaste and soil. The methods were successfully validated.  
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Press releases
 
 15.07.2015 Federal Environment Agency publication to POP-containing wasteuba

The report on the occurrence of POPs in relevant waste, products and recycling products in Germany, published by the Federal Environment Agency, provides an estimate of the quantities of waste and POPs containing waste. On the basis of the data, proposals were drawn up for the limit values of the POP regulation as well as for certain disposal routes, which enable environmentally compatible recycling processes.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 03.07.2015 Increased PCB content in the Elbeuba

The Saxon State Office for Environment Agriculture and Geology (LfULG) provides precautionary information on increased levels of polychlorinated biphenylene (PCB) in the Elbe sediment. The conspicuous concentrations were found in samples of suspended matter collected at the Saxon water pollution measuring stations Schmilka, Zehren and Dommitzsch. The highest concentration occurred in a one-month sediment sampling of the Schmilka measuring station. Here, six milligrams of PCB per kilogram (mg / kg) were recorded in the collected sediment. This represents an increase of 60-fold compared to the previous elf-typical findings.  
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Press releases
 
 17.06.2015 LANUV: Dioxins, furans and PCB in the airuba

The concentrations of the highly toxic dioxins (PCDD), furans (PCDF) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the outside air have reached the lowest level since the start of the measurements. This is confirmed by the investigations carried out by the State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV) for the year 2014.  
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International
 
 28.05.2015 EFSA report on the derivation of health guidelines for dioxinsuba

Interest groups have provided data on the presence of non-dioxin-like PCBs in wild-caught spiny shark (Squalus acanthias). The current maximum level of 75 ng / g fresh weight for non-dioxin-like PCBs in wild-caught spiny shark should be raised to 200 ng / g fresh weight for non-dioxin-like PCBs. This does not endanger public health. 
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 06.05.2015 Change of the EU regulation on ndl-PCB maximum in spurdoguba

Interest groups have provided data on the presence of non-dioxin-like PCBs in wild-caught spiny shark (Squalus acanthias). The current maximum level of 75 ng / g fresh weight for non-dioxin-like PCBs in wild-caught spiny shark should be raised to 200 ng / g fresh weight for non-dioxin-like PCBs. This does not endanger public health.  
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 13.03.2015 Enrichment of DDT, PCB by climate changeuba

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Universities of Hamburg and Cambridge have now investigated the importance of climate changes, which are particularly rapid in the Arctic, for circulating long-lived pollutants. Since the pollutant peak emissions in the last century, fewer and fewer DDT and PCB molecules have arrived in the Arctic. According to the predictions, this trend will return to the Arctic by DDT by the year 2075. This effect is additionally reinforced by climate change. PCBs, on the other hand, are unlikely to be able to flow back across the polar circle in the north, but the rate at which currents are weakening will decrease.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 26.01.2015 Federal Environment Agency (UBA) with new information supply on POPsuba

On the website of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), you will find updated contributions on the pathways of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), that accumulate in the environment and are transported into the food chain via remobilization effects.


POPS - occurrence in the environment
POPS - Occurrence in food
 
 2015-01-20 Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Releases of POPs releaseduba

The Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Releases of Dioxins, Furans and Other Unintentional POPs is intended to assist parties in establishing release inventories of unintentional POPs that are consistent in format and content, ensuring that it is possible to compare results, identify priorities, mark progress and follow changes over time at the country level, as well as regional and global levels. 
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 2014-08-22 Revised recommendation for dioxin and dl-PCB action valuesuba

The "Commission Recommendation of September 11th 2014 amending the Annex to Recommendation 2013/711/EU to reduce the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs in feedingstuffs and foodstuffs" (2014/663/EU) was announced in the EU Official Journal on September 13th 2014. 
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Portal
 
 2014-08-25 New! Geo Information Service on DioxinDB.deuba

With our new "Monitoring Georeference Database" we offer you a service with the ability to research what locations and materials were sampled as part of the monitoring programs. The substance spectrum is linked with the wide-ranging Joint Substance Data Pool of the Federal and State Governments (GSBL), detailed information on the studied chemical substances are thus available. 
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International
 
 2014-08-22 FDA (U.S.) published dioxin analysis resultsuba

The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the results of a wide-scale food inspection with the aim of identifying ways to reduce diet-related exposure to ubiquitous environmental pollutants. Another example of the ongoing open data initiative of international authorities. 
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 2014-01-09 EPA study on dioxin levels in Irelanduba

The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) analyzed dioxin levels in the Irish environment based on dioxin levels measured in cow's milk as part of a 2012 investigation is carried out. The results show that the dioxin levels in all samples are under the relevant EU limits. 
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 2014-01-09 European Commission recommends stricter regulationuba

According to a recommendation of the European Commission, the industry has to monitor the presence of dioxins, furans and PCBs more strictly. The recommendation lists products that have to be monitored, including eggs, sheep and lamb's liver and many more.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 2013-12-09 Dioxins change gender-typical behavioruba

Increased prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins in current environmental concentrations can change the gender-typical behavior of boys and girls of school age. This is reported by environmental scientists from Bochum, Dusseldorf and Munster in a recently published epidemiological study. With increasing prenatal exposure boys showed an amplified and girls an attenuated female behavior.  
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 2013-11-15 Potential POP candidatesuba

The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) commissioned the Öko-Institut and ETH Zurich (ICB) with the development of a strategy to identify potential POP candidates and the evaluation of data, methods and procedures that were used to identify the existing 22 POPs.  
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Press Releases
 
 2013-09-02 New proof of flame retardants in eelsuba
The Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht investigated recently the role of flame retardants in the population decline of the eel. First results indicate that high concentrations of banned PBDEs, as well as brominated flame retardants or chlorinated Dechlorane are found in the eels.  
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 2013-08-23 Hazardous chemicals: not ignore, but act!uba
"If substances hardly break down in the environment, accumulate in living organisms and can be harmful, their use should be prohibited or substantially restricted." said the President of the Federal Environment Agency Jochen Flasbarth in his speech at an event on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). For PCB, formerly used in flooring materials, has been ignored too long, the hazardous substances (with its profen carcinogenic effects in animal experiments) have spread worldwide and they will threaten our health and cause a lot of effort in the future. 
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International
 
 2013-08-02 Open organohalogen-databaseuba
The portal page Dioxin20XX offers the user a password-free access to a database that represents all contributions to the annual dioxin symposia since 1990. The organohalogen compounds (OHC) database can be searched according to various criteria such as author, year, topic. The publications are available for download in the common PDF-format. The annual Dioxin Symposium provides a forum for public workshops and presentations about results of scientific research on POPs among others in the areas of analytical and environmental chemistry, molecular biology, human health, risk assessment and risk management. 
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Federation/Laender
 
 2013-03-27 PCB in beefuba
The results of a discussion about PCBs in beef in February 2013, with research looking at pathways in the environment and transfer of PCBs in beef, are available on the UBA website. Presentations of the lectures are available for download. 
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 BMELV Second General Administrative Regulation (draft)uba
In the current draft of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection precises national food regulations, e.g. the "control program feed" is included into the monitoring system.  
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 2013-03-12 Expert Talks on PCB problem in North Rhine Westphaliauba
On February 19th at the Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf lectures on PCB were held. Among other things, the health effects of volatile organic compounds for children were analyzed. On the website of the national office, the presentations are available for download.  
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 2013-02-06 Baltic Sea cod poisened with dioxinsuba
In studies commissioned by the State Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Fisheries M-V exceedances of dioxins, furans and PCBs in livers of Baltic Sea cod were determined. "With the measured values ??(...) during a single consumption of 200 g cod liver the tolerable human intake for about 48 weeks is fully utilized."  
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 2013-02-04 New publication about environment protectionuba
The new brochure of the Federal Environment Ministry informs about harmful dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the environment and in food. That has been done to reduce their emissions to the environment and to prevent their occurrence in the food production. The document also offers helpful information for individuals to reduce the intake of undesirable substances over foods.  
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International
 
 SE New Dioxin Toolkit releaseduba
The Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Releases of Dioxins, Furans and Other Unintentional POPs is intended to assist parties in establishing release inventories of unintentional POPs that are consistent in format and content, ensuring that it is possible to compare results, identify priorities, mark progress and follow changes over time at the country level, as well as regional and global levels.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 2013-01-10 Dioxin crisis center in Lower Saxonyuba
In the future a crisis center in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Agriculture in Hanover will be active when dioxins are found in larger amounts of eggs or signs of an EHEC epidemic appear. Through the interplay of IT systems, various agencies are coordinated. The central concern is the health of the consumer, with the help of the new crisis management faster and more effective responses can be achieved.  
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 2012-11-08 Food safety report 2011uba
Nationwide Monitoring Plan 2011 - Joint report by federal and state governments.  
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 2012-09-28 North Rhine Westphalia: repeatedly egg contaminationsuba
The NRW Ministry of Consumer Protection warns of contaminated free-range eggs. In a press release the stamp number of affected products is announced.  
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 2012-09-25 4th Evaluation on dioxins and PCBs in food of BVLuba
The Federal Office of Food Safety and Consumer Protection released an updated analysis of the data of the Dioxin Database Federation/Länder. In addition to series of statistical analyzes, maximum level exceedences are named.  
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 2012-08-09 Saxony-Anhalt publishes 2nd dioxin reportuba
The report published by the State Bureau of Environmental Protection provides information on the levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the environment and in food and feed in Saxony-Anhalt. The 1st report was published in january 1996.  
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Related articles:
Dioxin contamination of the Elbe and its tributaries (Förstner, 2011)
Dioxin contamination of the River Elbe in Saxony-Anhalt (LHW, 2007)


International
 
 2012-08-09 USA and Vietnam begin removal of Agent Orangeuba
The United States Embassy in Hanoi announced the start of a project to clean up dioxin-contaminated soils in Vietnam. In cooperation with the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence soils are 'detoxified' by thermal desorption over the next few years.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 2012-08-09 Aurich - stamp numbers of contaminated eggsuba
The Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Regional Development informed about the current state on investigations in the context of high dioxin levels in the district of Aurich. The stamp number of contaminated eggs is published on the web portal of Lower Saxony.  
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 2012-07-16 LANUV: eel warninguba
The State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection NRW (LANUV) has determined contaminations with dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls in a measurement program and recommends not to consume self-caught wild eel. LANUV president Dr. Heinrich Bottermann: "Environmental pollution with PCBs fills me with deep concern, although the substance isn't produced since a long time, it's still present everywhere in the environment, because it is not degraded. Therefor PCBs are also found in our food."  
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 UPB Environmental Specimen Bank publishes soil profileuba
On the website of the Environmental Specimen Bank the environmental medium soil is in the focus. In addition to sampling strategies and further informations on specific sampling areas, analytes and matrices are available. The searchable database covers a study period from 2002 to 2006.  
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 2012-06-01 PCB eggs from Oldenburg: source identifieduba
"The reason for the maximum value exceedances with non-dioxin-like PCBs (ndl-PCBs) in eggs of a factory from the Oldenburg district has now been identified. High levels of ndl-PCBs and dioxins have been detected in an asphalt material. The Material could have been absorbed by the laying hens.
In early May, the maximum value exceedance in eggs of this factory was published in the national press. Noted were 80 ng ndl-PCBs per gram egg fat - only 40 nanograms are permitted".  
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 2012-05-21 NRW: new stamp numbers of contaminated eggsuba
Elevated dioxin and PCB levels, detected in self-monitoring, led to the closure of a laying hen factory in the district of Borken. The responsible Ministry for Consumer Protection and the LANUV published stamp numbers to identify affected products. 
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 2012-04-18 Soil analysis near poultry factoryuba
The State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection published a report on soil analyzes in connection with the observed increase in dl-PCB levels in eggs. Free-range areas were analyzed, the results were compared with uncontaminated specimens. 
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 2012-04-17 Ministry of Agriculture of Schleswig-Holstein plans mandatory testing of slaughter cattle from certain areasuba
The Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas Schleswig-Holstein prepares a mandatory inspection program for dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs of 20 slaughterhouses. 
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 2012-04-04 NRW published stamp numbers of contaminated eggsuba
Analyses results from organic eggs of a company in NRW were above permitted maximum levels of dioxin-like PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). For consumers it is now possible to spot products from the affected brand. The stamp number of affected eggs was published on the website of the Consumer Protection Department. 
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 2012-03-08 Notification and reporting obligations - reports of BVLuba
Under the new Regulation on notification and reporting obligations (see announcement dated 2012-02-01) and in accordance with § 44a of federal law on food and feed (LFGB), quarterly reports on analytical activities to dioxins and PCBs are published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL). The following link gvies access to the report for the 4th quarter 2011. 
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Research Projects
 
 BY Bavarian resaerch about contaminants in breast milkuba
Part of the study was the inter alia presence of PCDD/F and dl-PCBs in breast milk, based on results of current measurements. The health care report is the most recent scientific publication (Download) about breast milk exposure. In 2005 the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment evaluated residues of flame retardants in breast milk (Download).

Press Releases
 
 2012-02-01 New Regulation on notification and reportinguba
As a result of the dioxin contaminations in 2010/2011, resulting in increased levels of harmful dioxins in the food chain, for food and feed business operators a duty to organize their own checks on dioxin and PCB pollution in food and feed was ordered, beginning 2012-05-01. In a Regulation (download) for notification and reporting obligations of health harming substances, these requirements are being precised.  
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 2011-11-16 Beet pollution - cause knownuba
About the reported dioxin contamination in a sugar beet factory early October, new details on the causes were discovered. A contamination in the process water of a gas scrubber, wich cleans involved process gases of toxins, was identified as the source of exposure.  
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 2011-11-07 Self-monitoring in sugar production shows dioxin tracesuba
"A sugar manufacturer detected in feed, which were produced in one of its factories in North Rhine-Westphalia, exceeding maximum values of dioxin by self-monitoring. The contaminated feed was already extracted and fed to livestock." 
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 2011-10-06 Guide on sustainable chemicalsuba
In the current publication of the Federal Environment Agency, the sustainable handling of chemicals is described. The document addresses producers "to implement sustainable chemicals in companies every day" and treats the waste stage of substances. About incineration processes for disposal purposes the risk of formation of dioxins and furans is noted. 
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Federation/Laender
 
 GER Benchmark of political activity on dioxinsuba
Information in the context of dioxins is reported daily - growth rates, percentage changes in activity, discussion topics are being documented in different internet databases. The aggregated data flows in evaluations of the online-activity of political groups and national associations. 
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Press Releases
 
 2011-10-06 Dioxin-like messenger involved in brain tumor growthuba
Current research results in Heidelberg proof a relation between the molecule kynurenine and various types of cancer. Kynurenine activates the dioxin receptor (scientific name: arylhydrocarbon receptor) wich has very similar effects as dioxin. The context in which the body's own molecules are associated with environmental toxins is not yet known. 
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Federation/Laender
 
 2011-09-01 New law from 1 September 2011uba
The federal government realizes parts of the Action Plan "Consumer protection in the feed medium-chain" with amending the food and feed law. The new rules will include private laboratories in the duty to inform competent authorities about overruns. 
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Press Releases
 
 2011-08-24 Federal Environment Ministry presents guidelinesuba
The guide (primarily addressed to livestock farmers) informs about avoidable sources of exposure and the current state of regulatory measures for the prevention of dioxin and PCBs in the food production.
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International
 
 ITA Incineration in Naples: Dioxin in ambient airuba
In the third-largest city in Italy, the garbage disposal is broken, landfills are overflowing. The garbage piles up on the streets of Naples and is burned - massive dioxin enters the environment in an uncontrolled manner. With help of the National Institute of Health, Minister Ferruccio Fazio wants to study increased risks for respiratory disease.  
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Press Releases
 
 2011-06-18 High dioxin concentrations in rivers of Saxony-Anhaltuba
According to recent investigations by the State Office for flood protection (LWH), in the rivers Elbe, Saale, Mulde and Bode (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) very high concentrations of dioxin were sustained. "Since both dioxin and HCH is extremely durable, we assume that the strain will probably be very high for decades", says Henning Burkhard, director of the LHW. These recent observations agree with case studies of the University of Hamburg. In a documentary by Professor Ulrich Förstner (Feb 2011) the issue of dioxin contamination of the Elbe and its inflows is noted.  
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International
 
 USA Elimination of environmental damage in Vietnamuba
In an actual statement the U.S. embassy announced the start of the elimination of environmental damage caused by the dioxin-containing defoliant Agent Orange. During the Vietnam War about 80 million tons of this Dioxin was sprayed, which is responsible for malformations in newborns and an increased cancer risk. 
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Federation/Laender
 
 2011-05-23 EnTox: Recent scientific knowledge on PCBsuba
At this year's EnTox symposium from 19 May - 20 May, environmental researchers presented important new insights. Thus, the half-lives of low-chlorinated Polychlorinated Biphenlyes (PCBs) are significantly higher than previously thought.  
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International
 
 ITA Dioxin-contaminated eels - Italy bans saleuba
On May 17th the Italian Ministry of Health signed a regulation with urgent actions to reduce risks to human health through consumption of contaminated eels from the lake Garda. The plan intends screening for presence of dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs in samples of eel, shad, whitefish, pike, perch and tench.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 NI Fish from rivers in Lower Saxony - dioxin warninguba
Research results of a sampling of Lower Saxony river segments show exceeded allowable limits for dioxin. For consumption of eel and bream an explicit warning was given.  
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Press Releases
 
 2011-04-20 Comprehensive product and health informationuba
During the dioxin crisis the application "barcoo" gave consumers the possibility to reveal eggs from one of the infected farms. In the current Easter season the useful program converts current mobile phones into barcode scanners that display information about food and health. 
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 2011-03-31 Agriculture Conference in Jena - dioxin and radiationuba
In the spring conference of the German Agriculture Ministers in Jena current issues of radiation and dioxin contamination of foods are discussed. 
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 2011-03-29 BMELV - authorization requirement for feed producersuba
According to the draft regulation, businesses that want to produce feed fats or animal fats need to pass a strict authorization process. In addition, these companies need to separate their production flows clearly.   
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 2011-03-23 Dioxin levels in breast milk declininguba
In a recent press release by the Federal Office for Risk Assessment declining levels in breast milk (analysis period: 1986-2009) are announced.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 BVL FAQ: Dioxins in feed and fooduba
The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety presents an information service about the current dioxin issue with answers to frequently asked questions about the contamination situation. On the site you will find information about affected food, limits, labels and more.  
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Press Releases
 
 2011-03-04 Dioxin scandal: Feed oil contaminationuba
Further searches of the official feed authority have shown that dioxin contamination came from a feed mixing oil delivery from Hessen of December 22nd.  
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 2011-02-24 German crisis management receives EU complimentuba
"The German authorities have been working very efficiently and ensure its preventive approach, a high level of security." informed the EU Commission in Brussels. According to EU figures, the number of potentially affected companies declined from 4760 to 49 farms.  
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 2011-01-25 Call for Europe-wide consistent approachuba
"The consequences of the recent dioxin crisis must be considered European. National unilaterals help us any further as the markets for food-mixer and fat foods are European." - A response from Dr. Horst Schnellhardt, member of European Parliament.  
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 2011-01-21 Origin of current pollution - DioxinDB investigationsuba
The UBA had compared the feed illegally added fatty acids with about 46,000 samples of soil, air, plants and animals in its dioxin database. The origin of the current levels of dioxin in animal feed, eggs and meat are still not fully clarified.informed.  
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 2011-01-21 Dioxin patterns of feedstuff found in technical fatsuba
New results in dioxin scandal: The NRW Ministry of Consumer Protection can announce the first success in tracking the dioxin pattern in the current feed scandal. The competent public prosecutor was informed.  
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 2011-01-10 Interview with M. Rappolder (UBA) about dioxinsuba
Talk of the WDR with Marianne Rappolder, biologist and researcher of the Federal Environment Agency, entitled "Dioxin in the environment". In the 5-minute interview possible sources, the durability and reduction of the pollution are cited.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 2011-01-04 Civil informations of Lower Saxonyuba
An official analysis of egg samples in Lower Saxony has uncovered a violation of the upper limiting values for dioxin. The state ministry released a summary of the events and important consumer information (incl. code-numbers of contaminated eggs).  
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 info Background information about dioxinsuba
Consumers in Germany are concerned about actual violations of upper limiting values for dioxins in meat and egg products.


Further information can be accessed here:

UBA     - Background information about dioxins and dioxin-like PCB
BMELV - Informations about foodstuff and animal feedstuff monitoring
BfR      - Information about dioxin in animal feedstuff

Press Releases
 
 2010-12-19 North Rhine-Westphalia - limiting values exceeded uba
An analysis of cattle has proven an exceedance of limiting values for dioxins and PCB in one of four animals (free-range).  
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Resaearch projects
 
 2010-12-08 Exposition and observation of dioxin and dl-PCBuba
The actual areas requiring further research considering the group of elements were determined within this project. The Fraunhofer Institute released the final report.  
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Press Releases
 
 2010-10-12 Envio PCB affair in Dortmund - values regressiveuba
After a long term of high-rang PCB values at the port of Dortmund, the impact of the poison is finally declining. The regional office of Arnsberg announced a reduction of the dioxin, PCB and furan values - but the state is still alarming.  
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 2010-09-24 Dioxin alarm in Thai garbage incineration devicesuba
"The citizens of Hua Thanon chant 'We are scared of poisons like dioxin!'. They accuse that cases of death and illness appeared near incineration devices."  
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 2010-09-22 Polybrominated biphenyls - EFSA scientific expertiseuba
The European commission ordered the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) to generate a scientific report about the appearance of polybrominated biphenyls in foodstuff. The report and a summery were released in English language.  
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 2010-06-10 Environmental damaging by pfo compoundsuba
"Chemicals containing fluorine are extremely persistent, in bodies of water they are transported worldwide. Some elements of this group are known to accumulate in the human body, with poisonously effects. It is necessary to prevent these substances from attaining into the environment. But, as a matter of course, in an urgent fire the protection of human life is prior to environmental aspects."  
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 2009-06-01 POPs - the days of the "dirty dozen" are numbereduba
"Part of the business of the Federal Ministry for the Environment in the field of chemicals is the so called 'dirty dozen', it contains 12 persistent organic pollutants." - Background information about dangerous chemicals by BMU  
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International
 
 BAFU Survey about PCB-pollution of waters and fish releaseduba
On the basis of 1300 datasets from the past 20 years, consisting of measure-ments of PCB and dioxins in fish of Swiss rivers and seas, an appraisal about the situation in Switzerland was made.  
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 EFSA EFSA-survey about PCB in food and feeding stuffuba
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) released an analysis of concentrations of dioxins and related chemicals in food and feeding stuff. The report, that was created by the expositional and data acquisition unit of EFSA, is based on 7000 samples, collected between 1999 and 2008 in 21 European countries.  
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Federation/Laender
 
 BfR Validation of dioxin in eggs - BfR from Mai 5th, 2010uba
Related to an alarm in the EU warning system, the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) advised the BfR to validate the dioxin-measurements in eggs. The results are now present in an official statement.  
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 UBA PCB and dioxin in certain food: further researchuba
Analysis of the data determined while the conference of the working group on dioxins (on June 17th 2009).  
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 UBA Guideline "Prevent entries of dioxin and PCB in food"uba
"In compliance with or exclusion of the above criteria, the risk of contamination with dioxins and PCBs in the area of poultry, cattle, sheep and pigs can be reduced significantly."  
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 UBA Dioxin database - Report on the state of the environmentuba
The central documentation and evaluation of the investigation initiated by federal and state programs for the dioxin contamination of the environment. On the basis of a quality assurance and update on recent inventory evaluation and assessment of data collected in Germany.  
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 UBA News on chemicals and pollutants policy - REACHuba
The Federal Environment Agency will present news and headlines on topics of European chemicals policy.  
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