Publication
Title
Perfluorinated alkylated substances in vegetables collected in four European countries : occurrence and human exposure estimations
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Abstract
The human diet is recognised as one possible major exposure route to the overall perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS) burden of the human population, resulting directly from contamination of dietary food items, as well as migration of PFAS from food packaging or cookware. Most European countries carry out national monitoring programs (food basket studies) to monitor contamination with pollutants. Usually, for PFASs, non-coordinated approaches are used in Europe, since food basket studies are mainly carried out by national authorities following national requirements and questions, making comparisons between different countries difficult. A harmonised sampling campaign collecting similar food items in a uniform procedure enabling direct comparison between different regions in Europe was designed. We selected four countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Norway), representing the four regions of Europe: West, East, South and North. In spring 2010 and 2011, 20 different types of vegetables were sampled in Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Norway. Perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) were the main group of detected PFASs, with perfluorinated octanoic acid (PFOA) as the most abundant PFCA (with exception of samples from Czech Republic), followed by perfluorinated hexanoic acid and perfluorinated nonanoic acid. Dietary intake estimates for PFOA show only low human exposure due to vegetable consumption for adults and children, mostly governed by high intake of potatoes.
Language
English
Source (journal)
ESPR Environment science and pollution research international. - Landsberg
Publication
Landsberg : 2013
ISSN
0944-1344
Volume/pages
20:11(2013), p. 7930-7939
ISI
000325811600038
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
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Perfluorinated Organics in our diet (PERFOOD).
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 06.11.2013
Last edited 16.11.2017
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