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Chemosphere. 2004 Nov;57(5):413-9.

Levels of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in food samples on the Greek market.

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Mass Spectrometry and Dioxin Analysis Laboratory, IRRP, National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Athens 15310, Greece.


Food intake is the main source of exposure to dioxin-like compounds for humans. The results of a surveillance programme on polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and co-planar polychlorinated biphenyls (co-PCBs) in 77 food samples from the Greek market and producers are presented. The study included the analyses of milk and dairy products, meat and meat products, fish, vegetable oil, eggs, fruit, vegetable and rice collected between August and December 2002. After extraction, extracts were cleaned up on a series of carbon column chromatography, silica gel, alumina chromatography, and then analysed by high resolution gas chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry. All samples had a dioxin content far below the EC Regulation (2375/2001/EC) limits.

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