The term dioxin is colloquially a group of chemically similar chlorine-containing dioxins and furans. According to the Federal Environment Agency, a total of 75 polychlorinated dibenzo-para-dioxins (PCDD) and 135 polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF) fall under this term. They are undesirable by-products that arise in certain combustion processes of chlorine and organic carbon. Dioxin forms at over 300 degrees Celsius and is destroyed at 900 degrees Celsius and higher. Dioxins can occur naturally in forest fires or volcanic eruptions.

Dioxin contamination can occur in food production if chemical production processes are used or if livestock is used to contaminate soil or animal feed with dioxin. In the past, there were frequent occurrences of contaminated eggs because the chickens were kept on soils contaminated with dioxin. In humans, dioxins can be stored in body fat and accumulate there. Signs of poisoning can occur with high amounts. Skin damage (chlorine acne), disorders of the immune system, nervous system, hormone balance, reproductive functions and enzyme systems can be the result of acute dioxin poisoning. In the long term, many dioxins also increase the risk of cancer. (vb)

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