Literature published from 1970 through mid-1984 on polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination of foods, including fish, dairy products, packaged and processed food and human milk, is reviewed. Sources of the contamination are discussed. The reports show that although PCBs are no longer manufactured in this country, large quantities have entered the environment. High concentrations in sediments of some streams and lakes are a continuing source of PCB entry into the food chain via the fish caught in these waters. Accidental leakage and spills from electrical transformers containing PCBs, which are in use, can also be a source of contamination. Other sources of PCB contamination such as silo sealants and packaging materials manufactured from carbonless paper containing PCBs have been essentially eliminated.

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