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Assessment of human exposure to benzene through foods from the Belgian market.
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PMID:  22483726     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Benzene is a volatile organic compound known to be carcinogenic to humans (Group 1) and may be present in food. In the present study, 455 food samples from the Belgian market were analyzed for benzene contents and some possible sources of its occurrence in the foodstuffs were evaluated. Benzene was found above the level of detection in 58% of analyzed samples with the highest contents found in processed foods such as smoked and canned fish, and foods which contained these as ingredients (up to 76.21μgkg(-1)). Unprocessed foods such as raw meat, fish, and eggs contained much lower concentrations of benzene. Using the benzene concentrations in food, a quantitative dietary exposure assessment of benzene intake was conducted on a national representative sample of the Belgian population over 15years of age. The mean benzene intake for all foods was 0.020μgkgbwd(-1) according to a probabilistic analysis. These values are below the minimum risk level for oral chronic exposure to benzene (0.5μgkgbwd(-1)).
Raquel Medeiros Vinci; Liesbeth Jacxsens; Joris Van Loco; Eric Matsiko; Carl Lachat; Thibault de Schaetzen; Michael Canfyn; Ilse Van Overmeire; Patrick Kolsteren; Bruno De Meulenaer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chemosphere     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-1298     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0320657     Medline TA:  Chemosphere     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium; Food2Know, Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Ghent, Belgium.
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