All products imported into the UK must comply with European Union (EU) law on contaminants.
There are several teams within the Agency that can provide further guidance on; dioxins, PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls), PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), inorganic contaminants, organic contaminants, process contaminants, mycotoxins, nitrates in vegetables and also food contact materials. Relevant contacts and contact details for these teams are provided.
Please note: Similar regulations apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. For further details please contact the devolved Agency offices. Contact details
Chemical contaminants including
Nitrates in vegetables Inorganic Contaminants and Process Contaminants
Dioxins, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0207 276 8000
Mycotoxins are a group of naturally occurring chemicals produced by certain moulds. They can grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs including cereals, nuts, spices, dried fruits, apple juice and coffee, often under warm and humid conditions.
There have been problems with some soy-sauce products with a chemical called 3-MCPD, which could cause cancer. There are limits on the levels of 3-MCPD that can be present in products imported into the UK and the rest of the European Union, so if you are planning to import soy sauce or products containing it, you need to be aware of the rules.
Aflatoxins are a type of toxin found naturally in some foods that have been linked with cancer when eaten at high levels. Some spices, nuts, dried fruit and cereals, including cereal products like breakfast cereals, can contain high levels of aflatoxins.