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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in food samples collected in Barcelona, Spain.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16924937     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study reports on the concentrations of eight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in food samples collected in the city of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) from 2003 to 2004. Food samples included meat products, fish (fresh and smoked), other seafood (cephalopods, crustaceans, and bivalves), vegetable oil, and tea. Concentrations of benz[a]anthracene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, benzo[k]fluoranthene, benzo[g,h,i]perylene, benzo[alpha]pyrene, benzo[e]pyrene, dibenz[a,h]anthracene, and indeno[1,2,3-c,d]pyrene were determined by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection. PAHs were detected in most tea samples (94%), which had the highest concentration of total PAHs (mean concentration of 59 microg/kg). Other food groups with a high presence of PAHs were bivalves (present in 34% of the samples; mean value of 2.7 microg/kg) and meat products (present in 13% of the samples; mean value of 1.7 microg/kg). The PAHs detected most frequently were benzo[e]pyrene and benzo[b]fluoranthene. No sample had levels above current regulation standards. Nevertheless, the frequent presence of PAHs in bivalves, tea samples, and meat products, together with the fact that dietary sources are the main exposure to these carcinogenic compounds, suggests the need for some monitoring scheme to follow up on these trends.
M Fontcuberta; J F Arqués; M Martínez; A Suárez; J R Villalbí; F Centrich; E Serrahima; J Duran; C Casas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of food protection     Volume:  69     ISSN:  0362-028X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Food Prot.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-08-23     Completed Date:  2006-09-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703944     Medline TA:  J Food Prot     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2024-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (ASPB, Public Health Agency of Barcelona), Av Drassanes 13, 08001 Barcelona, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid / methods
Consumer Product Safety*
Food Contamination / analysis*
Meat Products / analysis
Plant Oils / analysis
Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic / analysis*
Seafood / analysis
Shellfish / analysis
Tea / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Oils; 0/Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic; 0/Tea

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