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Patterns of PCBs and PCDD/PCDFs in chicken and pork fat following a Belgian food contamination incident.
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PMID:  11993636     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A food contamination incident involving polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs) and PCDD/Fs occurred in 1999 in Belgium. On heavily affected farms, concentrations of PCBs in chicken or pork fat exceeded the Belgium tolerance limit of 200 ng/g lipid weight for the sum of seven marker PCBs. Analysis of contaminated samples showed that the patterns for PCB and PCDD/F congeners differed among feed, chicken fat and pork fat. Lower chlorinated PCBs and polychlorodibenzofurans (PCDFs) including those with high TEFs (PCBs 105, 118, 126 and 2,3,4,7,8-PeCDF) were shown to either bioaccumulate more in chicken fat or to be eliminated more readily in pork. This leads to the possibility that consumption of chicken would result in a higher TEQ human body burden than that from the same consumption of pork. In addition, PCDF congeners with non-2,3,7,8-substitution (e.g., 1,2,4,7,8-PeCDF) were present in chicken fat but absent in pork fat. Since the residue pattern in this commercial episode changes less in the avian species, these results reinforce the value of birds rather than mammals as markers of the source of contamination with persistent organochlorine pollutants.
Adrian Covaci; John Jake Ryan; Paul Schepens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chemosphere     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0045-6535     ISO Abbreviation:  Chemosphere     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-05-07     Completed Date:  2002-10-29     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0320657     Medline TA:  Chemosphere     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  207-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
Toxicological Centre, University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / chemistry
Animal Feed
Benzofurans / analysis*
Environmental Pollutants / analysis*
Food Contamination*
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / analysis*
Soil Pollutants / analysis*
Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin / analogs & derivatives*,  analysis*
Tissue Distribution
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Benzofurans; 0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls; 0/Soil Pollutants; 0/chlorinated dibenzofurans; 0/polychlorodibenzo-4-dioxin; 1746-01-6/Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin

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